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SAN FRANCISCO x ARTS COMMISSION 

^CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW 
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^SPECIAL MONTHL XMEETING ^JANUARY 31, 2000 

3:00 PM 

25 VAN NESS AVENUE 
COMMISSION MEETING ROOM SUITE 70 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102 

NOTICE: requests to testify are accepted by completing one of the speaker 
cards, which are available at all hearings, and giving it to the Secretary 
before the item on which the individual wishes to speak comes up for 
consideration. The Presiding Officer will also call for public testimony on 
agenda items either at the beginning of the Meeting or prior on the vote on 
particular items. For information related to any of the following matters, 
please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND 
POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF 
RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A 
COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH 
CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN 
CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND 
MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL) 



UNION SQUARE 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 10/18/99) 

Don Alameida, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

LINCOLN PARK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL 
PHASE 1 

Robert McDonald, Recreation and Park 

SUNOL VALLEY TREATMENT PLANT 
OPERATIONS BUILDING UPGRADES 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planning, PUC 

SUNOL VALLEY TREATMENT PLANT 
CHEMICAL FEED BUILDING 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planning, PUC 



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V. PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

REPLACE CASTLEWOOD PUMP STATIONS 
PHASE 1 

Lota De Castro, Project Manager, UEB, PUC 
Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VI. PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

BAY DIVISION PIPLINE SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 

Lota De Castro, Project Manager, UEB, PUC 
Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VII. CITY DISTRIBUTION DIVISION 
SUTRO RESERVOIR SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 

Karen Kubick, Project Manager, UEB, PUC 
Barry Pearl, Planning, PUC 

VIII. PEACEFUL STREETS, TREE GRATE DESIGN 
PHASE 1 

John Ricker, Project Manager, Peaceful Streets 

IX. CESAR CHAVEZ STREET IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

Lesley Wong, Project Manager, BOE DPW 

X. MOCCASIN COMMUNICATION & CONTROL CENTER 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 6/21/99) 

Michael Pierron, Project Architect, DPW BOA 



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CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 
Monday, January 31, 2000 

3:00 p.m. 
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The meeting was called to order at 3:25 p.m. 

^MINUTES 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Emery Rogers, William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray, Jill Manton, Debra 
Lehane,Michele Liapes 

2. UNION SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 2 

Susan Gray, Management Fellow, SFAC, introduced the project to the Committee 
and briefly summarized the comments made by the Committee during the project's 
Phase One review. These points included concerns about better defining the 
pavilions, lessening the portal massing, relocating the artworks, and increasing the 
space between the stage and the Dewey Monument. 



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Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA, provided a brief overview of how the 
design team had responded to the Committee's comments. He reported that it would 
cost $26 million to implement all aspects of the developed design, including both the 
above ground and below ground improvements. He explained that while this figure 
well exceeded the project's $19 million bond allocation, minor design modifications 
could bring the cost down to $21-22 million, in which case additional funds could be 
raised through other sources. 

Michael Fotheringham, Project Architect, presented the developed design site plan. 
He described how the plaza had been opened up by pulling the stage back slightly, 
moving the artworks into a colonnade adjacent to Geary, and reducing the planting 
around the monument's base. The paving field would be rendered in gray-green 
granite with contrasting sand colored bands. This paving program would integrate 
"urban-glyphics" identifying aspects of the City's cultural and natural history. The 
100-ft long fountain embracing the base of the monument is intended to accent the 
heart of the plaza. The pooling area will be contained below grade, with the water jets 
and lighting elements level with the paving. The fountain's spray will be kept to a low 
level, with the configuration permitting people to walk easily between the fountain 
and the monument, and programming able to be regulated according to event 
requirements and climatic conditions. The seating recommendations included folding 
plastic chairs for the cafe areas, with metal and granite benches for the open plaza. 
The artworks will be rendered in dark gray-green steel similar to the rest of the steel 
in the plaza, while contrasting red polished granite was proposed for the artwork 
bases. Two types of lighting standards were recommended separate to the 
commissioned artworks. These included a contemporary fixture inside the plaza, with 
the historic acorn fixture maintained along the sidewalk. Simply-designed hand 
railings would be used as per ADA requirements. 

Tom Harry, Project Architect, presented the revised pavilion and portal design. He 
described how the pavilions appeared more integrated, substantial and functional. The 
canopies, rafters and streetside walls will be curved. The concrete walls will be clad 
in the same color granite as the paving field. The Bermuda style metal roof will 
feature skylights into the cafe areas. Vision or decorative glass and Dunbar structure 
steel will be specified throughout. Tourist information, ticketing, maintenance and 
trash holding facilities will be incorporated into the Powell street side pavilion. 
Employing the same open vernacular as the pavilions had significantly reduced the 
massing of the portal. The portal will also house the glass elevator access to the 
garage. 

Mr. Alameda reported that Citizen's Advisory Committee had been actively involved 
throughout the design process. 

Linda Mjellum and Jim Chapell, Co-Chairs, Union Square Citizen's Advisory 
Committee testified that the CAC was extremely pleased the design team's response 
to the Committee's concerns. They noted that they were particularly happy with the 
design and placement of the artworks. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commended the design changes, however he was 
concerned that a number of important issues required greater clarification, including 
the lighting and street furnishings plan. He added that a more intense color should be 
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Mr. Fotheringham replied that a polished granite was specified for the vertical paving 
surfaces, which would provide a richer hue than that used in the paving field. 

Commissioner Freebaim-Smith suggested that the final design parameters should 
detail the signage and graphic requirements. He concluded his comments by 
advocating for more money to be spent on the plaza improvements. 

Mr. Alameda replied that the lease agreement between the Uptown Parking 
Corporation and the Department of Recreation and Park would enforce the signage 
guidelines. He noted that presently 60% of the total budget was being spent on the 
plaza, with only 40 % spent on the garage. He reported that Recreation and Park were 
helping to explore additional funding avenues. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he had already undertaken a preliminary review of 
the Phase 2 proposal. He approved all the design elements, excluding the plastic 
chairs and the artwork's red granite bases. He asked if the Visual Arts Committee had 
approved this particular granite. 

Nina Dunbar, Project Manager, Public Art Program, reported that the Visual Arts 
Committee had reviewed the red granite, but noted that the color of the current 
sample did not accurately 
represent the color originally submitted by the artist. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he would prefer to see the artwork bases rendered in 
the same gray- green granite as the rest of the plaza. 

Michael Fotheringham assured the Committee that these issues would be resolved in 
consultation with the artist. Commissioner Rogers was pleased with the design 
developments, but stated that for a project of this scale it important that the 
Committee be able to review a model. 

Mr. Alameda replied that the model would be completed within the next six weeks. 

Commissioner Rogers noted that more focus had been placed on the interior. He 
asked if they were still intending to extend the programming out into the street. 

Mr. Alameda replied that while this would be desirable, the Planning Department had 
not approved this extended scope of work. 

Commissioner Rogers asked about the housing of the elevator. 

Mr. Fotheringham replied that it would feature a clear glass canopy that was 
integrated into the portal. 

Motion: To approve the Union Square Improvements, Phase 2, with the exception of 
the lighting plan, street furnishings and artwork bases. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 



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TOP 

3 LINCOLN PARK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL 

Robert McDonald, Project Manager, Recreation and Park, presented the project to the 
Committee. He identified the memorial's location, and explained that it was dedicated 
to the six million victims of the Holocaust. The memorial was designed by artist 
George Segal, and commissioned with the assistance of Mayor Feinstein and the 
Holocaust Education Fund Advisory Committee. He reported that this committee had 
recently received $50,000 in funding for improvements to the memorial's landscaping 
and amenities through the Mayor's Action Grant Project program. These 
improvements included installing additional benches and replacing the hand railings, 
fencing and signage. 

Marvin Yee, Project Landscape Architect, Recreation and Park, described the design 
elements. The granite benches and signage would be installed along the low-rise wall 
and would be constructed from materials similar to those used for the memorial's 
existing seating. The black metal picket fence will be 3 feet high, with the hand 
railing for the staircase connecting the viewing area to the access ramp appearing 
similar to the fencing. 

Mr. McDonald concluded the presentation by stating that the design team had worked 
closely with the Holocaust Education Fund, and he introduced Candie Mattson and 
William and Susan Lowenberg to the Committee. 

There was no public testimony. 

Commissioner Rogers was in favor of the improvements, but expressed concerns 
about the artwork's vulnerability. 

Debra Lehane, Director, Civic Art Collection, stated that since a surveillance camera 
had been installed to monitor the artwork, the incidence of vandalism had 
significantly decreased. She added that the figures were recently coated with a 
protective material approved by the artist. 

Commissioner Meyer disapproved of the black metal fencing, and said that he would 
prefer to see stone or concrete instead. 

Mr. McDonald replied that the fence was intended to appear simple and unobtrusive. 

Mr. Yee added that the proposed fencing matched the existing light poles. 

Mr. McDonald concluded the presentation by stating that the artist had endorsed the 

project. 

Motion: to approve the Lincoln Park Holocaust Memorial, Phase 1. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

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MOCASSIN COMMUNICATION & CONTROL CENTER 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Lena Ch'en, Project Manager, PUC, introduced the project to the Committee. 

Mike Pierron, Project Architect, DPW BOA, explained how the developed design 
responded to the comments made by the Committee during the project's Phase 1 
review. He described how Alan Masoka's glass artwork depicts an abstracted map of 
the Hetch Hetchy system, and how the panel will be installed in the front of the 
building. He then identified the materials and colors proposed for the facility's 
exterior. These included tan shades, panels and CMU, dark green doors and trims, 
and gray roofing material. He noted that the railings had been simplified to simple 
post and cable system in response to the Committee's earlier concerns about massing. 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOA, explained how the foundation 
planting plan included Eastern Redbuds and Pistache. He described how planting and 
seating enhancements to the rear patio would establish an recreational zone for 
employees. 

Commissioner Rogers approved of how the color scheme used a number tones within 
the same color range. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the deciduous trees in the 
planting plan would do little to shade the facility. 

Mr. Thomas replied that although the front of the facility had a southern exposure, 
deciduous trees were required in order to maintain clear sight lines. He noted that the 
Pistache would still provide a considerable amount of canopy. 

Ms. Ch'en replied that energy saving features were included in the design where ever 
possible. 

Mr Pierron noted that the CMU would help prevent thermal storage in the building 
mass. 

Motion: to approve the Moccasin Communication and Control Station, Phase 2 & 3. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

SUNOL VALLEY TREATMENT PLANT 

OPERTATIONS & CHEMICAL FEED BUILDING UPGRADES 

PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC, introduced Wendy Ho Iwata, Special Projects Manager, 
PUC, to the Committee and explained how they would cooperatively act as PUC's 
liaison with the Arts Commission. He then introduced Patty Mallet, Project Manager, 
Johnson Lin, Project Engineer, and Jeffery McGraw, Project Architect, Michael 
Willis and Associates. 



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Mr. McGraw stated that as the facility was located in a remote rural area with 
restricted public access, the Art Enrichment allocation would be better redirected to 
another project. He described how the plant was built in 1966, and currently includes 
an Operations Building and below grade sedimentation basins. The renovations will 
include seismic upgrades of the Operations Building, as well as adding office space 
and a new laboratory to it. The building's additions will conform to the existing 
structure's modernist industrial design, and will consist of a parapet wall extending 
above the roofline of the existing building. The Chemical Feed Building will be 
adjacent to the Operations Building. The exterior will be covered with metal paneling, 
with fixed skylights installed above the circulation zone. Windows will be placed 
along the east and west elevations, with doorways located at the north and south ends. 
Landscaping will involve the removal of some trees on the eastern side of the 
Operations Building and additional low level planting around the accessible path. 
Commissioner Rogers asked to see a recreational zone for employees and a more 
substantial landscaping plan at Phase 2. 

Commissioner Meyer approved of the design and the arrangement of the massing. He 
particularly liked the inclusion of the skylights in the Chemical Feed Building. 

Motion: to approve the Sunol Valley Treatment Plant Operations and Chemical Feed 
Building Upgrades, Phase 1 . 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

REPLACE CASTLEWOOD PUMP STATIONS PROJECT 

PHASE 1 

Lota de Castro, Project Manager, introduced the project to the Committee. She 
provided a brief overview of the project and explained that the new buildings would 
be constructed around existing and proposed wells. 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA, stated that the project site was located 
near the town of Pleasanton in Alameda County, in-between the county fairgrounds 
and an industrial office park. Each pump house will cover 360 square feet. The colors 
and materials will be similar to those used in the adjacent office park, with the walls 
rendered in red brick. The roof structures will be green metal with removable 
paneling. The landscaping plan proposed screening the facility with additional trees. 

Motion: to approve the PUC Water Department: Replace Castlewood Pump Stations 
Project, Phase 1. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

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7. PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

BAY DIVISION PIPELINE SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 

Lota de Castro, introduced the project to the Committee. She explained that the 
project entailed replacing 1,215 feet of two pipelines that cross the Hayward Fault. 
Two small one story valve control buildings would be constructed on either side of 
the fault. She stated that the site is located in the City of Freemont, in Alameda 
County. 

Mark Dorian, described the structure and materials. The walls will be constructed 
from alternating beige bands of plain and split face CMU. The fascia and exposed 
rafters will also be beige. Dark brown composition shingles were suggested for the 
roof surfaces, while the doors and frames will be tan. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the proposal would conflict with Freemont's 
open space plan. He was concerned that the landscaping plan could be better realized. 

Ms. de Castro replied that they would be planting trees along the extent of the 
pipeline, and that the maintenance issues had been resolved. 

Mr. Dorain stressed the space was currently underused, and that the work should not 
present any negative visual impact to the community. 

Motion: to approve the PUC Water Department, Bay Division Pipeline Seismic 
Upgrade, Phase 1 . 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

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8 PUC CITY DISTRIBUTION DIVISION 
SUTRO RESERVIOR SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 

Mr. Pearl presented the project to the Committee and explained that the site was 
located on the block bounded by Clarendon Ave, Panorama Drive, Dellbrook Avenue 
and Olympia Way. He reported that the project entails repairing an existing crib wall 
on the northern elevation, and building a new retaining wall along the eastern side, 
which would widen the existing access road. The work will help prevent further 
erosion, promote drainage and will minimize the amount of maintenance required at 
the site. 

Brian Gatter, Project Landscape Architect described how the crib wall was 
constructed in the 1950s. Its deteriorating surface will be upgraded by inserting soil 
nails and then covering the surface with a layer of shotcrete. The shape of the vertical 
elements supporting the crib wall will be tooled into the shotcrete. The height of the 
new retaining wall will vary from three to seven feet in height. Both the retaining 
walls will be painted a terra cotta and will be planted with fast growing vines. Other 
landscaping improvements include replacing the existing eucalyptus with native trees 



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and plants. 

Commissioner Rogers asked if the old concrete in the crib wall would stay in place. 

Mr. Gatter replied that it would. 

The Commissioners were supportive of PUC's efforts to restore the native habitat, and 
stressed that the restored area needed to be irrigated and maintained, however they 
agreed that the texture and color of the shotcrete surface needed to be further 
explored. 

Rich Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs suggested that issue could be resolved at 
Phase 2, as conceptually there was nothing to resolve. 

Mr. Pearl assured the committee that they would propose a more appropriate finish 
for the walls at the Phase 2. He added that they were working closely with Recreation 
and Park on the restoration of the areas tennis courts and playing fields. 

Motion to approve the PUC City Distribution, Sutro Reservoir Seismic Upgrade, 
Phase 1. 
Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

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9. PEACEFUL STREETS TREE GRATE DESIGN 
PHASE 1 

John Ricker, Project Manager, Peaceful Streets, introduced the project to the 
Committee, and explained that he had been working cooperatively with the Friends of 
the Urban Forest, Milestones Human Services and Supervisor Leno, to create tree 
grates that will be installed in Noe Valley on Earth Day. Clients undergoing drug 
rehabilitation at Milestone, in association with a team of volunteer artists are 
designing the grates. Each grate will be constructed from metal that includes one 
melted down firearm. The grates will be left uncoated and will be left to rust 
naturally, and will be cast in four segments, so the grates are able to shift in 
accordance with the tree growth. The design meets ADA and safety requirements. 
Mr. Ricker presented one of the four designs that will be implemented. The design 
featured a circular pattern depicting tree roots. 

Motion: to approve Peaceful Streets Tree Grate Design, Phase 1. 

Motion :Freebairn-Smith 
Vote :Unanimous 

1 0. CESAR CHAVEZ STREET IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

Lesley Wong, Project Manager, DPW, BOE, introduced the project to the Committee. 
She explained that the project was an initiative of the Streets and Highways Section. 
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and the off-ramp at Potrero Avenue. The ramp will be 300 feet long. She explained 
that the project needed immediate approval in order to advertise the project by March 
17 and award the contract within the funding deadline. Simple cobra head light 
fixtures and chain link fencing were proposed as materials. Ms. Wong confirmed that 
she had been working with Public Art Staff, and that the Art Enrichment Allocation 
would be used to commission artist Pepe Ozean to create steel sculptural portals for 
both entrances to the overpass. 

Mr. Newirth stated that the artist had temporarily installed a significant body of work 
in the Veterans Building Lobby. 

Commissioner Rogers asked if the structure would meet the clearances under the 

highway. 

Ms Wong replied that they would. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that although the project fulfilled all the necessary 
conceptual requirements the design needed to be more interesting. He suggested that 
this problem could be resolved by paying more attention to the fencing detail. 

The Commissioners agreed to review the project again at a Special Committee 
Meeting at 2:30 p.m. on February 7. 

The meeting concluded at 7:00 p.m. 

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The meeting was called to order at 2:25 p.m. 

^MINUTES 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Emery Rogers, William Meyer, Stanlee Gatti 

Commissioners absent: Rod Freebairn-Smith 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2. CESAR CHAVEZ STREET IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

Lesley Wong, Project Manager, DPW, BOE, introduced the project to the Committee, 
and explained how the design of the overpass had changed in response to the 
Committee's comments during the project's previous Phase 1 review. She reported 
that they had explored a number of different fencing and lighting types in 
collaboration with Bonnie Ng, Landscape Architect, DPW BOA . In view of Caltran's 
safety requirements and the restricted budget, Ms. Ng had proposed a traditional 
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mesh fencing design. The design team were confident that the revised design was 
more aesthetically pleasing, and would better complement the sculptural portals. 

Commissioner Meyer was still concerned that the mesh needed further investigation. 

Ms. Ng stressed they must award the approved project before March 17 in order to 
meet the State Transportation Improvements Fund deadline. 

Motion: Gatti 

Vote: Unanimous 

The meeting concluded at 3:00 p.m. 

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Civic Art Collection 

Street Artists Licenses 

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NOTICE: requests to testify are accepted by completing one of the speaker 
cards, which are available at all hearings, and giving it to the Secretary 
before the item on which the individual wishes to speak comes up for 
consideration. The Presiding Officer will also call for public testimony on 
agenda items either at the beginning of the Meeting or prior on the vote on 
particular items. For information related to any of the following matters, 
please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND 
POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF 
RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A 
COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH 
CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, 
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I. HARRY TRACEY WATER TREATMENT PLANT 
RESIDUAL SOLIDS THICKENING PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Leslie Lundgreen, Project Manager, PUC UEB 
Barry Pearl, City Planner, PUC 

II. CITY DIVISION CENTRAL PUMP STATION UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, City Planner, PUC 

III. MUNI KLINE OCEAN AVE LIGHTS 
PHASE 1 

Anthony Bryant, Project Manager, MUNI 

IV. MISSION AND STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

Clark Mannus, Project Architect, Heller Mannus Architects 



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V. MARGARET HAYWOOD CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 11/15/99) 

Jorge Alfaro, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VI. NORTH EMBARCADERO TRANSIT CANOPY DESIGN 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 10/18/99) 

Don Chee, Senior Project Manager, Muni 

Owen Lang, Project Architect, Sasaki Associates Inc. 

Levi Design Partners 

VII. CESAR CHAVEZ STREET IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 2/7/00) 

Lesley Wong, Project Manager, DPW BOE 






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Monday, February 28, 2000 

3:00 p.m. 
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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 9-2004 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission 
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The meeting was called to order at 3:15 p.m. 

DRAFT MINUTES 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn-Smith, William Meyer, Stanlee Gatti 
Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray, Debra Lehane 

2. HARRY TRACY WATER TREATMENT PLANT 
RESIDUAL SOLIDS THICKENING PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC introduced the project to the Committee. He explained that 
the proposal involved the construction of two new 120 ft wide concrete clarifiers and 
a 100,000 gallon sludge storage tank. The clarifiers will be built partially below grade 
into the excavated hillside, with planting and paint used to help integrate the 
structures into the landscape. The facility is located on Crystal Springs Road, west of 
the 280 Freeway. As the facility has limited public access and minimal visitation, the 
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Bonnie Ng, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE, explained that the planting palette 
would attempt to restore the native oak woodland. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the massing would be 
inadequately screened. 

Mr. Pearl replied that the excavation would help to disguise the structures. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the structures would be visible from the freeway. 

Mr. Pearl replied that they would only be visible to the community on the eastern 
side. He reported that community meetings were scheduled to discuss the proposal. 

Commissioner Meyer was confident that the structures could be hidden by substantial 
planting and rip rap. 

Motion: to approve the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Residual Solids 
Thickening Project, Phase 1 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

CITY DISTRIBUTION DIVISION CENTRAL PUMP STATION 
PHASE 1 

Mr. Pearl introduced the project to the Committee. He identified the pump station as a 
key element within the City Distribution system. The site is located on Sloat 
Boulevard, on the block bounded by Twenty- Second, Twenty-Third and Ocean 
Avenues. The pump station was built in the 1920s, with the Planning Department 
certifying the building as architecturally significant in 1976. The proposal included a 
seismic upgrade of the original building, and the redesign of the annex and 
landscaping at the rear of the facility. Mr. Pearl reported that the community had 
expressed concerns about having a sculpture installed on site, and noted that Public 
Art Staff were working with PUC to explore other art enrichment possibilities. 

Will Kwan, Project Architect, DPW BOA, stated that the existing one story wood 
frame annex will be rebuilt to house the generator, chlorine storage, and the electrical 
transformer. The modified annex will have stucco covered concrete walls reinforced 
by steel frames, while the overall materials, finishes, detailing and footprint will be in 
keeping with the original architecture. The existing cyclone fence will be replaced 
with open metal picket fencing. The landscaping improvements included 
reconfiguring the asphalt driveway, and the planting of new trees and shrubs to help 
soften the hard-scape. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith felt that the proposal would be a handsome addition. 
He asked how the additional landscaping would be maintained, and if children's play 
facilities needed to be provided. 

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was included in the landscaping plan. She noted that the community did not require 
any additional children facilities at this particular project. 

Commissioner Meyer was satisfied with the proposal, but asked if there would be 
acoustic paneling surrounding the generator room. 

Mr. Kwan replied that there was, and that the generator was located away from the 
residential side of the facility. 

Motion: to approve the City Distribution Division Central Pump Station, Phase 
1 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

4. MISSION & STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus, introduced the project to the 
Committee. He explained that the project was a joint venture between Muni and and 
the Mission and Steuart Hotel Partners. The project involved the construction of a 
200 room hotel on an existing Muni property. Mr. Manus explained that the site is 
bounded by the Embarcadero, Justin Herman Plaza and One Market Street, and that 
since the demise of the Embarcadero Freeway, the existing bus and trolley lay over 
site had become a valuable piece of property. The developer will be leasing the site 
from Muni, thus providing Muni with a long term revenue source. He reported that 
the ILWU artwork presently located on the site needed to be relocated, and that he 
had been working with Arts Commission staff and the artist to reposition the 
sculpture at the hotel's primary entrance on Mission. He stated that all issues 
surrounding the relocation had been resolved to everyone's satisfaction. He noted that 
restrictions placed on the project by Proposition K and the position of the existing 
vent shafts had significantly impacted the building's appearance. He described how 
the massing would step from 40 ft to 80 ft, while the exterior would adopt the 
vernacular of the surrounding architecture, with particular attention paid to the 
adjacent PG&E building. The brick facade will feature bay windows grouped into 
pairs. He noted that the ground floor will include retail areas and an F-Line trolley 
stop. 

Commissioner Meyer commended the design and stated that the massing was well 
considered given the height restrictions. He noted that the constraints had made a 
positive effect on the outcome, but he was concerned that the turret on the eastern 
corner would benefit from further study. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith applauded the project's provision of a site for a major 
public sculpture close to the Bay, near the Arts Commission's recent proposal to place 
such a "landmark" civic sculpture at the'Toot of Mission Street". He agreed that a 
memorial to those people slain in the labour protests could be placed close to the site 
of the tragedy. He wanted to be assured that the site, the scale of the design, and the 
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location. 

Mr. Manus replied that relocating the vents was outside of his scope of work, and that 
a significant sum of money was needed to reconfigure their location. 

Commissioner Gatti was concerned that the North to South perspective gave the 
impression of the "backside" of the building. He stated that he understood the effort 
to make the design sympathetic to the surrounding architecture, but argued that the 
design also deserved to be more interesting and significant, as this was one of the 
City's few remaining undeveloped land parcels on the waterfront. 

Mr. Manus replied that he was open to the notion of changing the design perameters, 
but noted that the current building codes placed considerable restrictions on the 
project. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith strongly suggested that in this particular case they 
should exercise less restraint and advocate for a departure from the ordinance. He also 
recommended a greater connection between the hotel and the Ferry Building. 

Commissioner Gatti asked about the color of the brick. 

Mr. Manus replied that it would be muted red. 

Commissioner Gatti stressed that the redevelopment of the site was as important as 
the Union Square improvements project. He stated that the issues at hand were not so 
much about the massing, but were more centered on the developer's obligation to 
provide an outstanding piece of architecture for the City. He concluded his comments 
by stating that he would like to see the building remodeled into a more memorable 
and aesthetically pleasing piece of architecture. 

Mr. Manus assured the Committee that the building would reflect a high standard of 
design detail, materials and craftsmanship, but noted that the general consensus was 
to stay within the existing conservative design perameters. 

No Motion was passed. 

TOP 

5. MARGARET HAYWARD CLUBHOUSE PROJECT 
PHASE 2 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, summarized the comments made by the Committee 
during the project's Phase 1 presentation. 

Jorge Alfaro, Project Manager, DP W BOA presented the project to the Committee. 

Brook Mebrahtu, Landscape Architect, DP W BOA, described how the loggia had 
been modified into a more simple and elegant design. The stairs had been opened up 
and the safety issues at the front podium had been resolved by emphasizing the ledge 
detail. The original color scheme was maintained at the request of Recreation and 
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surfaces would receive a trowel finish. 

Mr. Alfaro noted that the rear security fence would be left as is. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stressed that the changes to the fence were a simple 
revision, and that the existing fence was unsympathetic to the rest of the renovation. 

Motion: to approve the Margaret Hayward Clubhouse, Phase 2. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

6. NORTH EMBARCADERO TRANSIT CANOPY DESIGN 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar briefly summarized the comments made by the Committee during the 
project's Phase 1 review, stating that the Commissioners' primary concern was that 
the proposal would contribute to the waterfront's conflicting collection of 
architectural styles. She noted that they were especially uncomfortable about the 
filigree style canopy that was proposed for Fisherman's Wharf. 

Don Chee, Project Manager, Muni, introduced the revised proposal to the Committee. 

Owen Lang, Infinity Outdoors Systems, described the simplified design to the 
Committee. The structures will now have clear glass panels on three sides, with a 
Muni map and advertising integrated at either end. Seating and trash receptacles will 
be incorporated into each canopy. The massing was consistent with the previous 
proposal, with each canopy measuring 1 4 ft from post to post, and a 4 ft overhang at 
either end. The highest point will reach 1 1 ft. He said that the consolidated design 
was intended to relate the structures to the Bay Bridge. The canopies south of 
Fisherman's wharf will be painted gray, while the rest will be in keeping with the blue 
used for rest of the Fisherman's Wharf transit stops. 

Mr. Newirth asked for assurance that the filigree, double canopies and detached 
advertising panels had been removed from the design. 

Mr. Lang replied that they were, and that the only design inconsistency would be at 
Jones, where the rear panel had been removed in order to improve accessibility. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the seating would be inadequate, 
and that the blue structures would be less transparent than the gray. 

Mr. Chee replied that the seating had been compromised in order to accommodate 
wheelchair access. 

Mr. Lew Lillian, Infinity Outdoors Systems, reported that Infinity would be 
responsible for the regular cleaning and maintenance of the structures. He noted that 
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Commissioner Meyer was impressed with the modifications. 

Motion: to approve the North Embarcadero Transit Canopy Design, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Gatti 
Vote : Unanimous 

TOP 

7 CESAR CHAVEZ STREET IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar briefly summarized the comments made by the Committee during the 

project's Phase 1 review. 

Lesley Wong, Project Manager, DPW BOE presented the modified design to the 

Committee. She suggested that the chain link fence finish should be either galvanized 

or black vinyl coated. She noted that the black fencing would be in keeping with the 

black light fixtures. She was concerned that the black fencing would be difficult to 

maintain. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the support structures for the fence. 

Ms. Wong replied that they would be tubular and painted black. 

Commissioner Meyer was concerned that the design required further study. 

Commissioner Gatti felt he would be more comfortable with the design, if the mesh 
were covered with ivy. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed that similar planting strategies had been used 
successfully in Oakland. 

Commissioners Gatti and Freebairn-Smith agreed to approve the design, providing 
that the black powder coated fencing material was used. 

Motion: to approve the Cesar Chavez Street improvements, Phase 2 &3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote :Freebairn-Smith, Gatti 
Against: Meyer 

8. ADJOURNMENT 

The meeting concluded at 5:30 p.m. 

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25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES. 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



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I. 911 OES EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER PHASE III 
PHASE 1 

Paul Travis, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

II. MISSION AND STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 reviewed 2/28/000) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus Architects 

III. LAKE MERCED MASTER PLAN 
INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION 

Marvin Yee, Project Manager, Recreation and Park 

IV. LINCOLN PARK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL 
Phase 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 1/31/00) 

Robert McDonald, Park Planner, Recreation and Park 

Marvin Yee, Project Architect, Recreation and Park 

V. DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION 

ANNEX, JOB NO. 1210H 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 12/20/99) 

Mark Dorian, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

VI SFFD FIRE BOAT HOUSE HEADQUARTERS #35 RENOVATION 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 11/16/98) 

Peter Wong, Project Manager, DPW BOE 

Kent Ford, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VII. PEACEFUL STREETS TREE GRATES 
PHASE 2 & 3 



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(Phase 1 approved 01/31/00) 

John Ricker, Project Manager, Peaceful Streets 

VIII SUNOL VALLEY TREATMENT PLANT 

OPERATIONS BUILDING UPGRADE & CHEMICAL FEED BUILDING 

PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 01/31/00) 

Barry Pearl, Planning, PUC 

IX. HETCH HETCHY WATER & POWER 

SOUTHEAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
CO-GENERATION PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 11/15/00) 
Barry Pearl, Planning, PUC 

X. CITY DISTRIBUTION DIVISION 

SUTRO RESERVOIR SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 approved 01/31/00) 

Karen Kubick, Project Manager, UEB, PUC 

Barry Pearl, Planning, PUC 

XI. Adjournment 

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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 9 2004 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission 
office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, San Francisco CA 94102 during regular business hours. Tel: 252 
3214. 



The meeting was called to order at 3:10 p.m. 

DRAFT MINUTES 
I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn- Smith, William Meyer, Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray, Jill Manton, Debra 
Lehane 

2 911/ OES EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER: STAGE 3 
PHASE 1 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, reviewed the minutes from the project's master 
plan approval in January, 1995. 

Paul Travis, Project Architect, DPW BOA, explained that the proposal was the third 
and final phase of the 911 Center redevelopment. He described how the Stage 3 
proposal consisted of an adjacent open plaza that was positioned above a parking 
structure. Mr. Travis explained that the plaza was an open space requirement, in 
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original intention was to create the space by demolishing the adjacent former Central 
Fire Alarm and OES Stations, however the Mayor's Office had directed them to not to 
demolish the OES building as it will now be converted into a community center. Mr. 
Travis concluded his presentation by stating that the plaza and parking structure 
would appear as a continuation extension of the 911 Center, with the specific design 
elements evolving out of community workshops. He noted that an artist would be 
involved in this design process. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if they had designated any of the paving or fencing types. 

Mr. Travis replied that it was anticipated that the design details would be informed by 
community involvement. 

Commission Meyer expressed his concerns about the overall lack of design intent, 
and that more information should be required for Phase 1 approval. 

Commissioner Gatti noted that information regarding spatial views and massing was 
usually sufficient for Phase 1 approval. 

Jill Manton, Director, Public Art Program, reported that an artist would be 
commissioned to help facilitate the community's design concepts, and that these 
elements would be integrated into an artwork for the plaza. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that he was extremely concerned about the 
amount of construction proposed for this sector of the City, and suggested that 
Recreation and Park should make a greater effort to protect its open space. 

Motion: to approve Phase 1 of of the 911/ OES Emergency Center, Stage 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote for: Freebairn-Smith, Gatti 
Vote against: Meyer 

TOP 

3 LINCOLN PARK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar reviewed the Committee's comments from the project's Phase 1 
approval in January of this year. 

Robert McDonald, Project Manager, Recreation and Park, stated that there were no 
changes to the original concept design. He presented samples of the proposed 
materials and surfaces, which included gray granite and black powder coated fencing. 

Marvin Yee, Project Architect, Recreation and Park, explained that construction was 
proposed to commence in the summer, and that an opening event was scheduled, with 
the artist George Segal in attendance. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the hidden character of the location helped 
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was sympathetic to the need to screen the site. 

Mr. McDonald reported that signage would be installed to better assist visitors to the 
site. 

Commissioner Meyer commended all aspects of the design. 

Commissioner Gatti was particularly impressed with the use of flowering and 
evergreen plants, and felt that the diverse choice of botanicals demonstrated a definite 
sensitivity to the artwork. 

Motion: to approve Phase 2 & 3 of the Lincoln Park Holocaust Memorial 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

4. PEACEFUL STREETS TREE GRATES 
PHASE 2 & 3 

John Ricker, Project Manger, Peaceful Streets, presented four fully developed designs 
to the Committee. He explained that Peaceful Streets endeavored to install one grate 
for each of the 78 gun shot fatalities that had occurred in the City last year. He 
reported that the design submissions were a result of artist in residency workshops at 
various rehabilitation and educational programs. The designs included motifs relative 
to themes of flora, fauna, faith, hope and recovery. The trees will be planted and 
maintained by the Friends of the Urban Forest. He noted that the design would help 
prevent drugs from being stashed around the trees. 

Ms Gonchar asked if there would be plaques identifying the tree grates as memorials. 

Mr. Ricker replied that the plaques would only indicate the parties involved in the 
design. He warned that memorializing the identities of people that had been shot 
would only promote the demarcation of gang territories. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there was any danger of the grates being 
stolen. 

Mr. Ricker replied that the pieces would be welded together before being set into 
concrete. 

Motion: to approve Peaceful Street's Tree Grate Design, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

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Peter Wong, Project Manager, DPW BOA, introduced the project to the Committee. 
He explained that the renovation included a seismic retrofit, ADA access 
modifications and an addition to the rear of the building. He reported that the color 
palette would be in keeping with the buildings original color scheme, and would 
include cream CMU and light pine green trims. The roof will be terra cotta tile, while 
the existing chain link fence will be replaced with a metal picket fence that will match 
the rest of the Pier. He noted that they had been developing the design in association 
with BCDC and the State Office for Historic Preservation. 

Motion: to approve the SFFD Fireboat House Headquarters #35 Renovation, 
Phase 2 & 3. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION ANNEX, JOB NO. 1210H 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA, presented the developed design to the 
Committee. He explained that as the annex needed to act as a bridge between two 
existing structures, the overall design intention was to make its facade sympathetic to 
the adjacent architecture. In this way the facade will feature a cross pattern set behind 
green tinted glass. The door frames will be stainless steel, and the window frames 
aluminum. Louvres will be included above the garage entry. He reported that a 
portion of the Art Enrichment component would be used to purchase works for the 
interior of the building. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the design did little to enliven the 
street. He noted that this was a particularly dead block, and that he had hoped to see a 
cafe and landscape integrated into the street level. 

Mr. Doreian replied that the spatial restrictions had prevented them from doing so. He 
said that with some adjustments they could consider including some narrow planters, 
but he was concerned that they would not be maintained and would become an 
attractive nuisance. He suggested that some planter pots could prove more effective. 

Commissioner Meyer approved of the general design intention, but was strongly 
opposed to the street level configuration. He agreed that it needed to accommodate 
more human design elements. He was also particularly concerned about the type of 
mesh specified for that area. He said that it would have been useful to see the building 
more clearly contextualized. 

Commissioner Gatti was opposed to the idea of including seating in front of public 
buildings. He stated that he was confident that the design could include a minimal 
amount of landscaping. 

The Commissioners agreed to approve the design, with the condition that the design 
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Mission. 

Motion: to approve the Department of Building Inspection Annex, Job # 1210 H, 
Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote for: Gatti, Freebairn-Smith 

Vote against: Meyer 

TOP 

7. HETCH HETCHY WATER & POWER 
SOUTHEAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
CO-GENERATION PROJECT 

PHASE 2 & 3 

Karen Drozda, Project Architect, presented the project to the Committee and 
explained that there were no changes to the previously approved design. She reported 
that the landscaping plan would include replacing the existing planting with 
decorative grasses and a row of Brisbane Box trees. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the landscaping proposal included a 
maintenance plan. 

Ms. Drozda replied that they had selected drought resistant species that required very 
little attention. 

Mr. Pearl advised the Committee that the existing planting at the facility was well 
maintained, and that they would be planting mature trees that would be more likely to 
survive. He stated that the use of drought resistant plants and controlled irrigation was 
in keeping with PUC's existing landscaping policy. 

Commissioner Gatti stressed the need to include irrigation. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith urged other City departments to establish definite 
landscaping design guidelines and maintenance policies. 

Motion: to approve Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, South East Water Pollution 
Control Plant, Cogeneration Project, Phase 2 &3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

Commissioner Gatti left the meeting at 5:00 pm 

TOP 

8. CITY DISTRIBUTION DIVISION 
SUTRO RESERVOIR SEISMIC UPGRADE 
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Ms. Gonchar reviewed the minutes from the project's Phase 1 approval and identified 
the Committee's concerns regarding the lack of design detail on the shotcrete surface. 

Karen Kubick reported how the design proposal had been modified in response to the 
Committee's comments. She reported that the design now included a series of 
horizontal lines. A softer terra-cotta integral color and the additional planting of vines 
would enable the wall to appear more integrated into the landscape. She noted that a 
non-profit group called "Circuit Riders" would be contracted to implement the initial 
planting program. 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE, explained that landscape restoration 
plan included sturdy California natives such as creeping ficus and rosemary, and that 
they hoped to eventually establish a butterfly habitat at the site. He noted that many 
of the plants that they were proposing had been used successfully in a similar 
restoration project in Bernal Heights. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if they would be able to provide full support 
for the plants. 

Ms. Kubick replied that the general care for the site would be cared for under a MOU 
between Recreation and Park and PUC, and that in addition "Circuit Riders" would be 
under contract to conduct an annual special maintenance program. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked how the Art Enrichment funds would be 
allocated. 

Ms. Kubick reported that the funds would be pooled towards the Central Pump 
Station project. 

Motion to approve the City Distribution Division, Sutro Reservoir Seismic 
Upgrade, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

SUNOL VALLEY TREATMENT PLANT 

OPERATIONS BUILDING UPGRADE & CHEMICAL FEED BUILDING 

PHASE 2 & 3 

Jeffery McGraw, Project Architect, Michael Willis and Associates presented the final 
design proposal to the Committee. He reported that there were no changes to the 
Phase 1 approval. He reported that the materials would include a light gray metal 
fascia and gun metal gray window frames. The facade will be completely replaced 
with bands of yellow and red ochre brick. 

Kathy Garrett, Landscape Architect, presented the planting palette. The front will be 
planted with native Californian species, and will include an ADA access ramp. A 
recreational courtyard would be provided for employees in the SE wing of the 
campus. This area will be visible from the interior, and will feature benches, paving 
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make the area appear more comfortable, secluded and protected. She noted that most 
of the existing trees are in a poor condition and will be removed in order to make way 
for the landscaping improvements. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commended the design. He was impressed with the 
building's massing, and felt that the landscaping plan made good use of the sun, and 
would better serve the employees. 

Commissioner Meyer complimented the elegant transition between the new and 
existing buildings. 

Motion: to approve the Sunol Valley Treatment Plant Operations Building 
Upgrade & Chemical Feed Building, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

10 ADJOURNMENT 

The meeting concluded at 5:15 p.m. 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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1. UNION SQUARE 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 reviewed 01/31/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

2. MISSION AND STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

(Phasel reviewed 2/28/00) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus Architects 

3. VISITATION VALLEY CLUBHOUSE 
PHASE 1 

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4 SOUTH EAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
INTERIM GRAVITY BELT THICKNER FACILITY 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, City Planner, PUC 

5 . HARRY TRACY WATER TREATMENT PLANT 
RESIDUAL SOLIDS THICKENING PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 02/28/00) 

Leslie Lundgren, Project Manager, PUC UEB 

Barry Pearl, City Planner, PUC 

6. PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 
REPLACE CASTLEWOOD PUMP STATION 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 01/31/00) 

Lota De Castro, Project Manager, PUC UEB 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

7 PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

BAY DIVISION PIPLINE SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 01/31/00) 

Lota De Castro, Project Manager, PUC UEB 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

8. CITY DIVISION CENTRAL PUMP STATION UPGRADE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 02/28/00) 

Barry Pearl, City Planner, PUC 

Karen Kubick, Project Manager, PUC UEB 

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The meeting was called to order at 3:10 p.m. 

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1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Stanlee Gatti, 
William Meyer 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Susan Gray, Jill Manton, Nina Dunbar, Debra 
Lehane 

2. UNION SQUARE 
PHASE 2 

Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs, opened the meeting. 

Susan Gray, Project Manager, Civic Design and Public Art reviewed the Committee's 
comments from the January meeting. She explained that this was a follow up Phase 2 
review for the lighting, street furnishing and artwork bases. She also noted that the 
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Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA, presented the next stage of the project 
to the Committee. He stated that the lighting plan would be the focus of the 
presentation and reported that the model was available for review. 

Keith Kosiba, Lighting Designer, Francis Krahe and Associates, identified the key 
objectives in the lighting plan were to: activate the space, create a night identity 
relative to the site's daytime programming, provide architectural enhancements, and 
to create a hierarchy of lights that would draw attention to the Dewey monument and 
the R.M. Fisher artworks. He reported that the current light conditions did little to 
promote night programming or pedestrian access, as the space felt dark, unsafe and 
uncomfortable. The design methodology aimed to establish a sense of protective 
boundary by clearly defining the edges and entry nodes. This would be achieved by 
placing lighting poles at the corners and along Geary, as well as uplighting the 
pavilions, performance portal, and palm trees. Mr. Kosiba described how the 
principal light fixtures along the perimeter will have a round reflective cover. The 
poles would also be able to accommodate lower level fixtures that would help direct 
light into the plaza center. The Dewey will become the central focus by directing the 
light from the top of the pavilions, with its illumination increased to five times its 
existing level. The water feature will be illuminated from the ground, and he 
suggested retaining the configuration as a paving feature even if the water element 
was to be deleted from the design. Other secondary lighting sources would be 
integrated into the seating cubes and stairwells, with the rest of the plaza area treated 
with minimal light levels. This hierarchy of lighting types will be further articulated 
through layering and transparency, and by contrasting warm colors on the vertical 
elements with cooler colors on the ground. The sidewalk would remain separately 
defined from the plaza by retaining the standard historic two headed cobra fixtures 
along the sidewalk . 

Mr. Alameda invited the Commissioners to inspect the model. 

Commissioner Meyer was concerned that there were insufficient lighting levels in the 
plaza interior. 

Mr. Kosiba replied that this would be counterbalanced by the high concentrations of 
light along the edges. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the light in the stair wells would be adequate. She 
also questioned the appropriateness and effectiveness of ground level lamps around 
the fountain, especially if the water feature was to be deleted from the design. 
Commissioner Cochran was also concerned about the manner in which the mid level 
attachments would be mounted to the light poles. 

Mr. Kosiba replied that if the fountain was to be removed, then they would consider 
using fiber optics instead of lamps, as it provided a more subtle level of illumination. 
The design team reported that they were working with Recreation and Park to resolve 
the issues surrounding the lamps' integration into the fountain. 

Commissioner Meyer stressed the need to synchronize the programming of the water 
and light elements. 

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redirected in the case of events programming. He also requested assurance that the 
Union Square Business Association would be capable of maintaining the lighting 
program. 

Mr. Alameda replied that additional power resources would be available to augment 
event programming requirements. He noted that the lights, as well as the garden and 
any other general maintenance would be the responsibility of the Uptown Parking 
Corporation. 

Commissioner Gatti was impressed with the lighting plan. While he described it as 
well considered and dramatic, he was concerned that the use of lighting poles was too 
extensive, and said that they would be competing with other vertical elements such as 
the artworks and palm trees, particularly within a daylight context. Commissioner 
Gatti asked if the cobra headed fixtures were in keeping with those on the adjacent 
streets. 

Mr. Alameda confirmed that they would. 

Motion: to approve the Union Square Improvements Lighting Plan, Phase 2 

Motion: Freebairn- Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

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MISSION STEAURT HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

Clark Manus, Project Architect distributed drawings of the modified design. He then 
identified the fundamental changes given that he was designing within the limits of 
the shade variances under Proposition K and existence of Muni's vent shafts. He 
reported that they had made a volumetric shift in plane, with the broader area of 
massing now positioned over to the Embarcadero. The building's sculptural aspect 
will be most visible from the northern perspective with the stepping minimized and 
the Embarcadero massing covered with an arched canopy system. The cafe /dining 
area will remain on the ground level of the Embarcadero side with the introduction of 
large cantilevered bay windows overlooking the waterfront. The size of the turret on 
the Mission/ Embarcadero corner was slightly modified into a more vertical 
statement. The primary entrance will remain on Mission. The ILWU memorial will be 
shifted from the existing Mission/ Steuart corner and relocated to the Justin Herman 
Plaza/ Muni vent shaft corner of the Embarcadero facade, as this seemed a more 
visible location. The meeting rooms will still overlook the bus zones on Steuart. 

Commissioner Cochran described the massing as an inelegant and disparate group of 
units. She stated that the Mission / Steuart corner was out of character, and 
significantly less developed than the rest of the building, and that the Steuart Street 
facade was flat and disinteresting. She asked for more information about the 
relocation of the ILWU sculpture. 

Debra Lehane, Program Director, Civic Collection, stated that the sculpture was a 
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been informed of the proposed relocation of the sculpture prior to the meeting. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith described the modifications as a significant 
improvement to the previous proposal. He felt that the northern elevation created a 
greater link between the hotel campus and Justin Herman Plaza. He stated that the 
vent shafts was the most problematic aspect of the design. He stressed the need for 
Muni to relocate the structures to a less prominent location and described the City's 
efforts to improve the quality and appearance of the edge of the Bay. Commissioner 
Freebairn-Smith cautioned the developer to direct extreme sensitivity to the relocation 
of the ILWU memorial. He was unconvinced that the meeting rooms would better 
activate the Steuart Street facade, and urged the developers to create greater 
opportunities for public programming. 

Commissioner Meyer asked for more information about the structures around the vent 
shafts. 

Mr. Manus reported that he had tried to make the vents appear less prominent by 
creating a horizontal skin around them. 

Commissioner Meyer supported the basic conceptual approach, but suggested that the 
building reflected too many conflicting architectural moods. He described the 
expression on the Mission/ Steuart corner as awkward and the northern elevation as 
unsophisticated. He stated that while the turret appeared more resolved, the hotel still 
appeared to be competing with the ferry building, and suggested that the hotel should 
face the Ferry Building rather than be turned away from it. Commissioner Meyer also 
recommended simplifying the cantilevered window. 

Commissioner Gatti did not like the building's general form or concept, and stressed 
that the site was too important to settle for a compromised design. He underscored the 
comments he had made during the project's previous review, including the suggestion 
that the building needed to contribute a more monumental design to the City's 
skyline. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith shared Commissioner Gatti's concerns that the site's 
potential was being under addressed, and agreed with Commissioner Meyer's 
suggestion that the hotel needed to forge a greater relationship with the Ferry 
Building. He concluded his comments by stating that regardless of whether the design 
was traditional or avant garde, the planning issues surrounding the project would 
continue to impose fundamental flaws in the hotel's schematic design. 

Commissioners agreed that it was unfortunate that Planning and Muni did not 
consider the restriction that the vents would impose upon the site, and noted that 
Committee should have been involved in the initial planning for the project. 

Chip Conley, CEO, Joie de Vivre Hotels, replied that two years of careful planning 
had been dedicated to the project, and that there was overwhelming public consensus 
for a more traditional, conservative the design. He described how these underpinning 
design parameters had evolved through Muni's initial RFP and competition process. 
He also explained that they were attempting to best address the other constraints 
informing the design, such as the project's budget, Proposition K and the site 
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the Committee for direction. 

Mr. Manus stressed the community's involvement in the project. He said that the 
design team had attempted to push the design vocabulary within the limits of the 
project's constraints. He stated that he did not disagree with the Commissioners' 
philosophically but did not see how he could logistically change any of the 
parameters informing the design. 

Commissioner Gatti said that it was unlikely that the Committee would approve the 
project, and suggested tabling the item, rather than have it recorded as disapproved. 

Mr. Manus asked the Committee to identify what they perceived to be the 
fundamental flaws in the design, as the developer wished to move ahead towards 
Planning Department approval on May 1 1 , and requested a special Civic Design 
meeting to review and approve the project before this date. He also stressed the need 
for the project to move ahead with the remaining Mid Embarcadero improvements. 
He then suggested calling a meeting with Commissioner Cochran in order to provide 
an over view of the project and to discuss ways to make the design more acceptable. 

Mr. Newirth said that it was possible to call a special Civic Design meeting, but 
cautioned that as Commissioner Gatti will be unavailable, they would need all of the 
other three Commissioners voting in favor of the design. 

Commissioner Gatti asked for more information about the design guidelines 
established by Muni through the competition process. 

Doug Wright, Consultant representing Muni, replied that Muni had developed the 
original design criteria in association with the Planning Department. He noted that 
while the F-line and the vent shaft presented initial constraints, Proposition K was not 
in existence at the time of the competition. 

Mr. Newirth remarked that it was unfortunate that the Arts Commission and the Civic 
Design Committee were not involved the development of the design criteria, as this 
was a critical stage in the planning process 

Mr. Newirth urged the Committee to table the project without a vote. 

Mr. Manus stated the Board Supervisors were in support of the project. 

Commissioner Gatti replied that this did not necessarily mean that they would be in 
favor of the actual design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith said that the shade ordinance could be overcome with 
an encroachment permit. 

Mr. Manus replied that they had already unsuccessfully attempted to so. 

The Commissioners agreed that they were unable to approve Phase 1 of the project, 
as the proposal was the result of poor planning. They concluded their comments by 
stating that the only way they could approve the design was if the vent shafts could be 
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better relationship with Justin Herman Plaza and the Ferry Building. The 
Commissioners asked if the were bound by law to approve the design, given that the 
design parameters were previously established through Muni's planning process. 

Mr. Newirth said that he would bring the project to the attention of the City Attorney, 
as this was the only way to ascertain the extent that the predetermined concept criteria 
could impose upon the design. He said that if the authority of Muni's competition 
selection panel overrode the authority of the Civic Design Review Committee, then 
the Arts Commission was obliged to approve the design. However, should final 
approval of the project rest under jurisdiction of Civic Design, with that Committee 
choosing not to recommend the project for approval, then Muni in association with 
the developer could apply for a direct approval from the Full Commission. Mr. 
Newirth suggested that this would not be the most prudent action, as the Full 
Commission may not be completely aware of all of the project's nuances. He said that 
the final option was to appeal the authority of the Arts Commission, and take the 
project directly to the Mayor or to the Board of Supervisors. 

Mr. Manus agreed that the latter option could prove counter-productive. He stated 
that he was willing to work with the Arts Commission in order to further develop the 
design, he warned that the developer may withdraw backing for the project. 

The Committee decided to table the discussion. 

4 VISITATION VALLEY CLUB HOUSE 
PHASE 1 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA introduced the project to the committee. 
He explained that the site was located at Leyland Ave and Cora Streets, and showed 
context photographs. 

Andy Maloney, Project Architect, DPW BOA stated that the lobby entry will be 
located on Leyland, with this doorway located under a canopy flanked by two 
columns. The side entrance leading up to the lobby will be via a bougainvillea 
covered pergola, and will feature metal gates between columns. Mr. Maloney 
reported that the art enrichment fund would be directed to ornamentation of the gates. 
He then provided computer renderings of the proposed elevations. The front facade 
features a turret on the north eastern elevation, which intersects a pitched roof. The 
exterior will be treated with stucco and will be painted cream . 

Commissioner Cochran was pleased with the design, but suggested that the columns 
required a base. 

Mr. Maloney replied they had endeavored to keep the design relatively uncomplicated 
and had simply tapered the columns up to a square cap. 

Commissioner Meyer particularly liked the turret, but was uncomfortable with how it 
intersected the pitched roof. 

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Mr. Maloney replied that shields of this nature were typical to these older 
neighborhoods. 

Commissioner Gatti also liked design and character of the proposal. 

Motion to approve the Visitation Valley Clubhouse, Phase 1. 

Motion: Freebairn- Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

5. SOUTH EAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
INTERIM GRAVITY BELT THICKENER FACILITY 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, City Planner, PUC, introduced the project to the Committee. The 
proposal involved an interim structure to house the new gravity belt thickeners that 
are used in the waste solids handling process. The site is located on the block 
bounded by Jerrold Ave, Phelps Street, McKinnon Ave and Quint Street. He reported 
that PUC were exploring the option of redirecting the art enrichment funds to another 
PUC art enrichment project on that campus. 

Victor Talatala, Project Architect, DPW BOA, described how the building was only 
25 ft tall, thus meaning that its roof was the only part of the structure visible from the 
street. The walls will be fabricated from simple aluminum panels. He suggested using 
a color palette that related to the adjacent structure on the campus, however as this 
building was due for demolition, they could alternatively try to create a color 
relationship with the structures housed in the nearby asphalt yard. 

The Commissioners recommended using the colors of the adjacent structure, even 
though it was to be demolished. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if they would be able to provide an exact color match. He 
also asked if they had considered guttering the building. 

Mr. Talatala replied that they would be able to match the color, and that they intended 
to incorporate guttering into the design, although it was not included in the rendering. 

Motion to approve the Interim Gravity Belt Thickener Facility, Phase 1. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

6. HARRY TRACY WATER TREATMENT PLANT 
RESIDUAL SOLIDS THICKENING PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Mr. Pearl, presented the project to the Committee, and explained how the proposal 
had been developed in response to the comments made during the project's initial 
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order to match the existing adjacent tank. He reported that they had also significantly 
increased the density of the planting plan, as well as the size of the boulders that 
would be used as rip rap. 

Motion to approve the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant, Residual Solids 
Thickening Project, Phase 2 & 3. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

TOP 

7. CITY DIVISION CENTRAL PUMP STATION UPGRADE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Mr. Pearl presented the project to the Committee, and reported that they had 
endeavored to continue to develop the proposal in careful consideration of the 
building's classical architecture. He stated that they had expanded the back facade 
into an open court and driveway turn around. He reported that PUC were working 
closely with Public Art Staff to develop an artworks program for the site. 

Motion to approve the City Division Central Pump Station 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

8 PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

REPLACE CASTLEWOOD PUMP STATION 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect , DPW BOA, reviewed the key elements of the 
project, and reported that no changes had been made since the Phase 1 approval. He 
described the materials palette and explained that the base structures would be brick. 
The rafters will be exposed, and the roof will be painted green. 

The Commissioners accepted the overall design, but requested a darker green for the 
roof. 

Mr. Dorian agreed to revise the color of the roof, and suggested a dark bronze color. 

The Commissioners agreed that this would be more appropriate. 

Motion to approve the PUC Water Department Replace Castlenood Pump 
Station, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

9. PUC WATER DEPARTMENT 

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Mr. Dorian presented the developed design to the Committee. He reported that the 
only design change to the Phase 1 approval was to reverse the darker and lighter color 
fields in the brick facade. 

Motion to approve the PUC Water Department Bay Division Pipeline Seismic 
Upgrade 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

10. ADJOURNMENT 

The meeting concluded at 7:00 p.m. 

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RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT: PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
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The meeting was called to order at 3:45 p.m. 

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1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith, William Meyer 
Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2. MISSION STE AURT HOTEL 
SCHEMATIC DESIGN DISCUSSION 

Nancy Gonchar gave a brief over view of the project, and stated that the purpose of 
the meeting was to establish a series of design guidelines that would help direct the 
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recently met with Debra Lehane, Program Director, Civic Collection, and the artists 
that had designed the ILWU memorial. He reported that the artists had agreed to 
explore the option of relocating the artwork to the north Embarcadero corner of the 
block, and that they were amenable to the idea as it would give it greater visibility. 

The Committee discussed how the Mum vent shafts and the Proposition K shade 
ordinance had seriously challenged the project. They concluded that the massing in 
the original Phase 1 submission articulated a more elegant, contextual and cohesive 
response to the site conditions. They described the changes presented at the April 17 
Civic Design Review meeting, as inappropriate, disparate, ill proportioned and 
ornamental. The Committee agreed that the northern facade was the most problematic 
aspect of the original proposal, as it needed to screen the Muni vent shaft while also 
providing an engaging link between Justin Herman Plaza and the Ferry Building. 
They agreed that the grid trellis screening for this area was imposing and incongruent, 
and suggested that the northern side would be better served by a 20 - 30 ft loggia or 
colonnade wall. They also said that the treatment of the Muni canopy should be 
carried along the full length of the block. They were unsure if the curved roof that 
terminated at the northern end of the Embarcadero mass would work within this 
framework. The Committee suggested that the northern side could be made more 
inviting if additional stairs led from the north eastern corner, through the stepped 
massing and up to a rooftop terrace that overlooked the water front. They also 
requested to see the Embarcadero/ Mission corner turret's shaft , diameter and 
terminus simplified, and agreed that the entrance on Mission and Steuart would 
require further study, once they had ascertained whether or not the ILWU monument 
could be relocated. There were also concerns about the diagonal sweep of the canopy 
over the cafe on the Embarcadero side, and recommended that the area would be 
better served if left unobscured. 

Clark Manus responded to the Commissioners' comments, and agreed that the 
original submittal reflected greater design integrity, and stated that most of the 
suggestions were feasible. He noted that the northern facade was unable to withstand 
heavy structural loads, but he would explore other ways to curtain the vent. He also 
stated that he would further study the detail at the top of the turret. 



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Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
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I. OCEAN AVE RECONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Anthony Bryant, Project Manager, Muni 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE 

II. MISSION AND STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 reviewed 4/26/00) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus Architects 

HI. ZOO WAREHOUSE & ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 approved 4/19/99) 

Bob Deliso, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

Pv\ EUREKA VALLEY RECREATION CENTER ADDITION 
PHASE 1 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

V. CALVERAS RESERVOIR POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC 

Kent Ford, Project Architect DPW BOA 

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The meeting was called to order at 3:15 p.m. 



MINUTES 



I. Role Call: 



Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn- Smith, Stanlee Gatti, 
William Meyer 

Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2 OCEAN AVE RECONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director introduced the project to the Committee. 

Anthony Bryant, Project Manager, Muni, explained that the project included rail 
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corridor between Junipero Serra Blvd. and the 1-280 Fwy. He reported that Muni were 
working cooperatively with DPW, DPT and BLHP on the project, and that approvals 
would be sought from the Board of Supervisors and the Mayors Office. Muni's scope 
of work included replacing the railway, overhead lines, boarding islands, adding bulb 
outs and one new key stop. They would also be installing new pedestrian lights in the 
commercial sector. Mr. Bryant stated that the total construction budget is estimated at 
$32, 000, 000 with the cost of the bulb outs to be supplemented by State funds. 
Construction is scheduled to last 27 months. 

John Thomas, Project Landscape Architect, DPW, described the site context. He 
explained that the scope of work was originally planned as a simple replacement 
project, however both the City and the local community had recognized that the 
project provided the opportunity to develop the area into a more viable neighborhood 
and commercial zone. The primary objectives of the project now intend to increase 
pedestrian safety, enhance the pedestrian experience, and to provide adequate 
parking. He said that this would be primarily achieved by introducing bulb outs 
throughout the corridor which would increase the sidewalk space. Palm trees would 
be installed to augment the existing tree canopy. These would be planted 
intermittently in a rhythm 200 ft. on center. The existing Muni pole street lighting 
would be replaced with cobra head fixtures, while the additional pedestrian lighting 
will have an acorn fixture and decorative base. All the light poles will be painted 
green. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was impressed with Muni's efforts to vitalize the 
corridor, and stated that this was a sound re-investment in the local community. He 
asked if Muni were working cooperatively with Planning to ensure that Ocean Ave.'s 
new infrastructure would be compatible with that of any adjacent projects. 

Ken Rich, Planning, replied that he was working closely with Muni on the Ocean Ave 
project, and that it would work within the context of the neighborhood plan, which 
included the Phelan Loop, City College and Bart Station re-developments. He noted 
that Planning would also work with the Civic Design Review and the Public Art 
Program throughout this process. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested that the accumulated Public Art allocation 
for these projects could be best utilized at the transit village. He asked who would be 
responsible for maintaining the trees. 

Mr. Bryant replied DPW. 

Commissioner Gatti asked about the rational behind selecting traditional fixtures. 

Dan Weaver, Ocean Ave Renaissance Committee, replied that these had been 
selected at the community's request, and that the design reflected the vernacular of the 
surrounding environment. 

Ariane Coleman, Mayors Office of Community Development, reported that the lights 
were selected in consultation with BLHP. She reported that BLHP preferred to stock, 
use and maintain a particular lighting standard, and that there were few options. 

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Commissioner Meyer was generally impressed with the proposal, but asked for more 
contextual information at the following presentation. 

Commissioner Gatti said that he was aware of the storage and maintenance costs that 
new fixtures presented to BLHP, but stressed that the City needed to move forward 
and develop more innovative designs. He noted that the only real lighting option was 
to experiment with color, and suggested that he would prefer the blue that is used on 
the path of gold. He asked to see more information about the design and color at 
Phase 2. 

Mr. Bryant replied that he would make this information available, and noted that the 
lamps would be metal halide. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith urged Muni to support a transit first policy, and 
suggested that the commuter's transit experience could be enhanced by introducing 
more paving enhancements, windbreaks and seating. 

Mr. Weaver agreed that transit improvements would make the area a more attractive 
destination. 

Mr. Rich reported that Planning would address these needs in conjunction with the 
improvements proposed for Phelan Loop. 

Motion to approve the Ocean Ave Reconstruction and Improvements Project, Phase 

1. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote: Unanimous 

3 MISSION AND STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 1 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project to the Committee, and reviewed the Committee's 
key issues and concerns, as identified at the Special Meeting that was held on April 
26. These points included: improving the view from the Ferry Building of the North 
facade, creating a better relationship between the building and the Muni canopy, 
further study of the turret and the entrance on Mission and Steuart, and reducing the 
mass of the cafe canopy. 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus, reported that the revisions made were 
in response to these comments. Most of the stepped massing would remain the same, 
with a single loaded wing on the Embarcadero, a double loaded wing on Steuart and a 
a central courtyard maintained in the center. The most significant changes included: 
introducing gardens to the roof of the wings, creating greater continuity along the F- 
Line passenger access, modifying the cafe into an open plaza, reducing the diameter 
of the turret and simplifying its articulation. The vent shaft screen will be in line with 
the principal building wall, continuing the expression of the lower Embarcadero 
facade. The screen will incorporate gates, canopies and a taller wall for the F-Line 
canopy. The northern facade will now terminate in store frontage at Steuart. 
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the Embarcadero, while the bays on Steuart will be set above the first story. The 
Mission and Steuart corner will reflect a more concave expression. He reported that 
while this remained the primary location for the ILWU memorial, it may still be 
relocated to the northern facade, pending the artists' recommendation. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the proposal was considerably improved, 
and that not a great deal more could be modified, given the site conditions. He 
discussed how the hotel could benefit from a rooftop terrace that would unify the 
area with Justin Herman Plaza. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed with the more contextual approach. He was particularly 
impressed with the treatment of the vent shafts, but suggested that they still needed 
more finesse and recommended that they should be little higher. He suggested a 
simplification of the rhythm and detail of the Embarcadero and Steuart windows. 
Commissioner Meyer also asked about the location of the seismic screen on the 
northern facade. 

Mr. Manus replied that it was recessed a few feet back from the Embarcadero wing. 

Commissioner Cochran approved the general design, excluding the Embarcadero 
window bays, which she described as incongruent. She also recommended further 
study of the massing at the Mission and Embarcadero corner. She suggested that if 
the northern seismic screen was to be landscaped, it needed to be irrigated and 
accessible. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith urged the design team to reconsider a rooftop terrace 
above the vents. 

Doug Wright explained that this was not possible as the vents had to be accessed for 
maintenance and emergency procedures. He added that these procedures would not 
present any discomfort to hotel patrons. 

Motion to approve the Mission Steuart Hotel Phase 1, with the following 
contingencies: 

1 . further study of the northern facade 

2. investigate the feasibility of the plaza above the vent shafts 

3. simplification of the window bays and detail on the Embarcadero and Steuart 
facades 

Motion: Commission Meyer 

Vote for: Meyer, Freebairn-Smith., Cochran 
Vote against: Gatti 

4. ZOO WAREHOUSE & ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 
PHASE 1 

Bob DeLiso, Project Manager, San Francisco Zoo, explained that he was presenting 
the project in place of Don Alameida, Project Manger, DP W BOA. He explained that 
a Phase 1 design was approved by the Committee in April 1999, however the Zoo 
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restrictions and delays in accessing bond money. He reported that the design revisions 
were made by GEZ Architects. 

Joseph Nicola, Project Architect introduced the GEZ design team to the Committee. 

Tim Coppola, Project Landscape Architect, Taber Coppola, described how the 
building mass related to the existing topography. As the site is divided into higher and 
lower elevations by a birm, the administration facility will be positioned on the higher 
level, with the warehouse nestled into the recess. This would be achieved by a small 
amount of cutting and filling into the birm. A compact footprint will be used to 
minimize environmental disruption. The existing cypress groves would be 
maintained. 

Jim Lewis, Architect, GEZ, explained that the facility is will not be accessible to the 
public and will accommodate approximately 60 Zoo personnel. He stated while the 
building shapes would be based on prefabricated modules, the design intent was in 
keeping with the zoo master plan, and will have a simple 'barn' like expression. He 
then identified various photographic examples of design details that reflected this 
vernacular. 

Commissioner Meyer recognized the need to simplify the proposal, but suggested that 
the design could be refined. He was particularly concerned about the pitched roofing 
and suggested that it should be more horizontal, as this would make the massing look 
more industrial and less residential. He asked if the dormers in the administration 
building and the location of the warehouses could be reconfigured. Commissioner 
Meyer concluded his comments by stating that the Committee needed more 
information about the building expression before granting approval, and that although 
prefabricated units were to be used, the detailing could be pushed further. 

Mr. Lewis explained that changing the window bays would mean changing to another 
unit type, and that this could trigger an increase in costs. 

Mr. Coppola said that the proposed location of warehouses worked functionally as 
they were kept out of view. He noted that the facility needed to accommodate truck 
access to the recycling bins. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith said that the administration building should be made 
as attractive as possible for the benefit of Zoo employees. He also suggested that the 
warehouse could be better camouflaged with additional landscaping. 

Mr. DeLiso replied that they felt that the building was adequately disguised as it was 
sunk into the birm. He noted that additional cypress planting would be undertaken by 
Zoo staff at a later stage, and that this work would be carried out in accordance with 
the Zoo Master Plan. He noted that the pitched roof accommodated special service 
procedures. 

Commissioner Cochran thought that the design was generally acceptable, but agreed 
that the buildings looked too suburban. 

Commissioner Gatti agreed to approve the design, but said that more detailed 
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Motion to approve the Zoo Warehouse and Administration Building, Phase 1 . 
Motion: Gatti 

Vote for: Gatti, Cochran 

Vote against: Freebairn-Smith, Meyer 

The Committee agreed that the dormers, building orientation, slope of the roof, and 
massing required further study. 

5 . EUREKA VALLEY RECREATION CENTER ADDITION 
PHASE 1 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA, presented the project to the Committee. 
He explained that the modifications included ADA modifications as well as 
expanding the front entry and creating new craft, storage and equipment areas. The 
original building was designed in 1954 and is a simple structure with concrete walls 
and flat roof. The additions will have a sloping roof and will be similar in profile to 
the existing structure. 

Bob Nist, Project Manager, DPW BOA, explained that the sloped entry sections 
would make the building appear more invitational from the street. He noted that there 
was insufficient funding to improve the playground, but hoped that the expansion 
would be an incentive to upgrade the entire facility. 

Commissioner Meyer was bothered by the slope of the roof, and recommended that 
the additions be in keeping with the rest of the facility. He also stated that the 
Committee needed to see more detailed renderings. 

The Committee agreed to table the item as discussion only. 

6 CALVERAS RESERVOIR POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC, presented the project to the Committee. He stated that the 
site is located in the East Bay adjacent to the Calveras Reservoir. He reported that the 
Art Enrichment fund would be redirected to a more accessible PUC project. 

Kent Ford, Project Architect DPW BOA, explained that it is an unmanned structure 
that would house chemical storage bins and truck loading. He stated that they would 
be using prefabricated construction and that the building size would increase by 30%. 

Motion to approve the Calveras Reservoir Potassium Permanganate Project, Phase 1 . 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote: Unanimous. 

7. ADJOURNMENT 

The meeting concluded at 5:30 p.m. 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

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RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I. ZOO WAREHOUSE & ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 presented 5/23/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

Bob Deliso, Project Manager, Zoo 

II. BEACH CHALET LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS 

INFORMATIONAL WITH POSSIBLE MOTION FOR PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 3/15/99) 

Mike Leo, Project Manager, Friends of Recreation & Park 

III. OCEAN AVE. RECONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 5/23/00) 

Anthony Bryant, Project Manager, Muni 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE 

IV. SOUTHEAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
GRAVITY BELT THICKENER PROJECT 

PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 4/17/00) 
Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC 

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The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. 

^MINUTES 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith, William Meyer 

Commissioners absent: Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2. ZOO WAREHOUSE & ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 
PHASE 1 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission reviewed the comments made by 
the Committee during the May review of the project, and stated that they had agreed 
that the dormers, building orientation, slope of the roof, and massing required further 
study. 

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Bob DeLiso, Project Manager, San Francisco Zoo explained how the Zoo Master 
Plan had predetermined the relocation of its support facilities into the area adjacent to 
the waste water treatment plant. He identified the constraints on this area included the 
close proximity of the Aviary Conservation Center, the Great Ape Forest and the 
proposed animal breeding area in the south. He reported that they were proposing a 
formal entry and vehicular access into the warehouse and waste management area on 
the Eastern side of the Zoo, with an additional north to south road separating the 
warehouse and the administration building. He explained that it was anticipated that 
this additional road would eventually connect the rest of the Zoo with the new 
breeding areas. 

Tim Coppola and Janet Taber Coppola, Project Landscape Architects, Taber Coppola, 
responded to Commissioner Freebairn-Smith's suggestions for strengthening the 
warehouse and administration building's site plan. They recommended adhering to the 
building footprint that was originally proposed, as they were confident that this best 
addressed the existing topography and high wind conditions. They then provided a 
more detailed description of how the design related to these unstable conditions. They 
reported that while they intended to increase the amount of protective tree screening, 
this would be best implemented by the initial planting of slow growing trees and 
establishing low level ground cover. 

Jim Lewis, Project Architect, GEZ described how the architectural modifications 
included pulling the canopies back on center and introducing dormers into the roof of 
both buildings. The materials proposed included copper patina impregnated 
aluminum roofing and cedar siding. Mr. Lewis explained that these materials were 
selected because they would age gracefully. However, if these materials proved too 
expensive, stucco siding and concrete roofing tile would be considered as 
alternatives. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith thanked the design team for their efforts to improve 
the site plan. He complimented the material selections and appreciated the phasing in 
of the planting program. He was unconvinced of the effectiveness of the Zoo's Master 
Plan, and stressed that the site plan needed to demonstrate greater sensitivity to 
animal habitat rezoning. He suggested that the warehouse waste management facility 
should not be within close proximity of such areas. He was also concerned that 
visitors would have to travel past the waste facility on route to the proposed breeding 
and hoof stock areas in the south. Commissioner Freebairn-Smith concluded his 
comments by stating that the site was too valuable to be used as a dump, and that 
ideally all the Zoo's waste facilities should be relocated off site. 

Commissioner Meyer was generally comfortable with the design, but underscored the 
need to relocate the waste management area. He agreed that its zoning was 
problematic and asked if the Zoo's Master Plan was ever presented to the Committee 
for review. 

Commissioner Cochran was satisfied with the building's design, but commented that 
the facade appeared too flat and recommended that the window volumes should be 
broken down into smaller masses. She agreed that the master plan was problematic, 
and noted that the noise from the waste facility and visitors could disturb the animal 
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Mr. DeLiso assured the Committee that the Zoo had a sophisticated waste 
management system, and stated that its close proximity to the animal areas should not 
pose any problems. He also stressed that it was Zoological Society's charter to make 
all aspects of the Zoo accessible to the public. 

The Committee stressed the need to have had the Master Plan available for review, 
particularly if it were to be used as reference material during the approval process. 

Motion: to approve the Zoo Warehouse and Administration Building, Phase 1. 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote for: Unanimous 

BEACH CHALET LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS 
INFORMATIONAL WITH POSSIBLE MOTION FOR PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar explained that Phase 1 of the project had been approved by the 
Committee in March 1999. However, the design had to be significantly modified due 
to funding cut backs. 

Mike Leo, Project Manager, Friends of Recreation & Park presented the design 
revisions to the Committee. He described the initial project as a joint venture between 
Friends of Recreation & Park, the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant Corporation 
and a private donor. He reported that after a lengthy design process the Beach Chalet 
Corporation had withdrawn their support as the limited size of the deck finally 
approved by the Landmark's Board would provide insufficient return for their 
investment. While this would significantly reduce the available funding for the 
project, Tito Patri, Project Architect had proposed an interim landscaping 
improvements plan that would complement the previously approved deck, should 
additional funding become available. He described the landscaping component as a 
small elegant garden that included paving and planters as well as staircase access to 
the restaurant. 

The Commissioners agreed to approve Phase 2 & 3. 

Motion: to approve the Beach Chalet Landscape Improvements, Phase 2 & 3. 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote for: Unanimous 

OCEAN AVE RECONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar stated that the Committee had approved Phase 1 at the May meeting, 
but had asked for more contextual information to be presented at the following 
review. She noted that the Committee had also stressed the need to make the service 
more accessible and comfortable for commuters and that the improvements needed to 
coincide with those proposed for the Phelan Loop. Commissioner Gatti had also 
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John Thomas, Project Landscape Architect, BOE presented the revised lighting 
design to the Committee. He stated that they had endeavored to produce a more 
distinctive fixture that maintained a connection to the design character of the 
surrounding neighborhood. The pole would be in keeping with existing Muni street 
poles. The base cover would be kept to a minimum in order to maximize pedestrian 
access along the narrow street. The street lamps would be based on the tear drop 
design with an elegantly tapered mast arm carefully integrated into the pole. The 
additional pedestrian lights attached to the street lights in the commercial sectors will 
feature acorn lamps and a bracket arm. A dark aqua color was proposed for the 
powder coating as this related to Ocean Ave. thematically, as well as being a cooler 
color that attempted to promote traffic calming. He noted that this color was easily 
maintained. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the proposal was an example of good 
urban design as it responded well to all the contextual issues. 

Dan Weaver, Ocean Ave. Renaissance Committee reported that the community was 
in full support of the design. He said that increased lighting for the retail sector was a 
critical component of the project, and that the design would provide a good prototype 
for other commercial areas in the City. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the proposed materials. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the poles would be standard Muni concrete poles with metal 
fixtures. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that while the revised lighting design possessed a more 
timeless quality, she was uncomfortable with the acorn pedestrian light attachment 
and asked if this could be converted to a smaller tear drop. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the tear drop was more commonly associated with street 
lights and may look awkward. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if it would be possible to find additional funds 
for separate pedestrian lights. 

Mr. Bryant replied that Muni had limited resources for the project, and that the 
current proposal seemed to be the most cost effective way to light the commercial 
sector. He said that seeking additional funds could delay the project. He stressed that 
Muni also needed to move ahead with the J and L Line improvements. 

Commissioner Meyer was generally impressed with the design and color 
recommendations and asked if the design adequately addressed the area's contextual 
character. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the neighborhood had an eclectic collection of architectural 
standards, ranging from refined residential areas to insignificant strip mall structures 
at the eastern end. 

Motion: to approve the Ocean Ave Reconstruction and Improvements Project, 
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attachment and the color treatment of the light poles be presented at Phase 3. 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote for: Unanimous 

5. SOUTHEAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
GRAVITY BELT THICKENER PROJECT 

PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project to the Committee and noted that Phase 1 had 
been approved at the April meeting. She stated that the Commissioners had 
recommended matching the facility with the color of the adjacent structures. 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC presented the project, and reminded the Commissioners 
that the design was for a temporary facility. 

Victor Talatala, Project Architect, DPW BOA reported that the exterior wall would be 
painted a dark beige in response to the Committee's suggestions. The roof and gutter 
would be dark brown, while the louvres and door would be dark green. The only 
design change was to move the entrance over to the right. 

Commissioner Cochran was unhappy with the beige color sample, and suggested a 
slightly brighter color. 

Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Meyer were satisfied with the color, but agreed 
that the brighter color indicated in the original Phase 1 proposal would be more 
appropriate. Commissioner Meyer was uncomfortable with the faux stucco treatment 
on the metal siding. 

Motion to approve the SouthEast Water Pollution Control Plant Gravity Belt 
Thickener Phase 2 & 3 on the condition that the metal siding match the color in 
the original rendering. 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote for: Unanimous 

6. ADJOURNMENT 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design 
Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the 
Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF 
RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION 
TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. 
(PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL 
APPROVAL). 

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L HUNTINGTON PARK LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Dan Finnane, Nob Hill Association 

Pat O'Brien, Pat O'Brien Landscape Architects 

Janet Nolan, J. S. Nolan Lighting Design 

K MISSION BAY OPEN SPACE MASTER PLAN 

(Mission Bay North Detail Master Plan approved 4/20/99) 
(Mission Bay South Detail Master Plan approved 4/20/99) 
Amy Coburn, Director of Design, Catellus 

HI HARDING PARK/ FLEMING GOLF COURSE 
PHASE 1 

Chris Hamill, Director of Development, Arnold Palmer Golf 
Jeff Stahl, Director of Design, Kwan-Henmi Architects 

IV. VISITATION VALLEY CLUBHOUSE 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 4/17/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 



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PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 9/27/99) 
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VL RECREATION & PARK PUBLIC RESTROOMS PROJECT 

GOLDEN GATE PARK: STOW LAKE, ARBORETUM & PANHANDLE 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 9/27/99) 

Victor Talatala, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VII GOLDEN GATE PARK WEST END PAVILION 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 8/16/99) 

Mike Leo, Project Manager, Friends of Recreation and Park 

Vm CALVERAS RESERVOIR POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 5/23/00) 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC 

Kent Ford, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

DC. OCEAN AVE. RECONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 6/19/00) 

Anthony Bryant, Project Manager, Muni 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE 



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The meeting commenced at 3: 10 p.m. 

L Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Stanlee Gatti 

Commissioners absent: William Meyer 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Debra Lehane, Susan Gray 

H. HUNTINGTON PARK LIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission, opened the meeting and asked Richard Newirth, Director, 
Arts Commission, to introduce the project to the Committee. 

Mr. Newirth stated that the lighting plan will focus on the soon to be restored "Fountain of the Tortoises", which 
is an important component of the Civic Collection. He reported that the funds had been raised by the Nob Hill 
Association, with matching funds provided by the Mayor's Office. He stated that the project had initially started 
as a small improvements project. Additional funds were raised to complete the lighting and full restoration. 

Dan Finanne, Chairman, Huntington Park Committee, reported that the total cost of the project is estimated at 
$170,000, and stated that the lighting plan will improve pedestrian security, while also providing appropriate 
illumination for the fountain. The proposal includes eight new acorn luminaires with metal halide lamps which 
will form a circle of light around the fountain. Highlighting will be provided by four spot lights. 

Janet Nolan, J. S. Nolan Lighting Design, described that the new fixtures will improve the color rendering, since 
the existing mercury vapor lamps cast a blue-green haze on the fountain. The spot lights will be fitted with 
incandescent lamps and a low voltage dimmer. The dimmer will make the spot's lamp life equivalent to metal 
halide, making maintenance easier to coordinate. She reported that a study of the proposed lighting plan 
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adjacent areas. 

Debra Lehane, Program Director, Civic Collection, discussed how the bronze and marble fountain is a 1910 
reproduction of the fountain at the Piazza Mattei in Rome, and that it was donated to the city more than 40 
years ago. She reported that an additional $90,000 has been raised, and that the Arts Commission was indebted 
to the Nob Hill Association for their efforts to raise funds to complete the work. She also commended their 
commitment to the provision of a complementary lighting program. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the paving detail surrounding the light base. 

Ms. Nolan replied that they had not determined the concrete base and that the existing floor plan will not restrict 
the design. 

Mr. Finanne stated that they aimed to provide a discrete base that was deep and narrow, rather than something 
wide and shallow. 

Ms. Nolan stated that the improvements will provide a 50% to 100% increase in lighting levels. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith described the proposal as a model project and commended the Nob Hill 
Association for their efforts. However, he noted that while the site needed additional luminaires, the levels of 
illumination needed to be subtle. 

Mr. Finanne replied that the light quality will be soft and the levels finely tuned. 

Commissioner Gatti approved the general plan, but recommended that the lights be positioned around the 
exterior of the fountain's paving. 

Motion: To approve the Huntington Park Lighting Improvements, Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Motion: Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

m. HARDING PARK/ FLEMING GOLF COURSE 
PHASE 1 

Jeff Stahl, Director of Design, Kwan-Henmi Architects, introduced the project to the Committee. He explained 
that the scope of work included demolishing an extensive portion of the existing golf course, in order to rebuild 
the clubhouse, pro-shop and restaurant as a much larger combined structure that had the capacity to cater to 
large events. This new facility will be closer to the parking area with the front facade flanked by a gracious entry 
plaza. The dining areas will be north facing maximizing views onto the 18th hole and Lake Merced. The 
clubhouse's character will be influenced by the traditional Spanish Mission style, as well as the architecture of 
contemporary minimalist Irving Gill. The Mission style will be reflected in iconic gestures such as deep portals, 
arches and a bell tower. The golf carts will be relocated under the clubhouse, while the service court will be 
behind the dining area and screened by pine trees. The new maintenance shed will be a prefabricated unit with 
every effort made to nestle it unobtrusively into the landscape. Landscaping modifications will include 
reforestation, irrigation, substantial changes to the greens and tees, as well as upgrades to the driving range to 
accommodate a new non profit youth golf training program. All parking areas will be upgraded and increased. 

Commissioner Cochran was concerned that each elevation articulated a different architectural style, and 
suggested simplifying the design into a more elegant form. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed that the architectural language was confused and was concerned that the 
modernist influence will appear too severe. He suggested that a more classical interpretation would be more 
appropriate. 

Commissioner Gatti recommended a softer geometry and a more romantic character. 

The Committee agreed that the site plan generally indicated a sound and sensitive approach, but decided that the 
proposal included too many components to review in a single session. They recommended visiting the site prior 
to the next review in order to acquaint themselves with the existing conditions. The Committee requested a 
special meeting to better address the proposal. 

IV. OCEAN AVE. RECONSTRUCTION & IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
PHASE 3 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE, presented the revised pedestrian lighting plan to the Committee. 
He explained that three more contemporary options were made in response to Commissioner Cochran's 
comments at the previous review that the proposed fixtures would look too antique. All the options were acorn 

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fixtures. The variations included a simple globe, a larger globe and a double globe luminare aligned parallel to the 
street. He reported that the community favored the latter option. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the proposal's energy efficiency. 

Anthony Bryant, Project Manager, Muni, assured the Committee that Muni had developed the lighting plan in 
consultation with the Bureau of Light, Heat and Power. 

Commissioner Cochran said that the proposal had improved and that she favored the third option. However, she 
was still uncomfortable with the acorn setting and stated that she would prefer to see teardrop luminaires, as they 
were more interesting and provided a better distribution of light. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the pedestrian lights were designed as an accent for the commercial district, with the 
Muni lights providing the primary light source. 

Commissioner Gatti agreed that the third design was the most appropriate, but preferred the globe to the 
teardrop as up-lighting seemed more pedestrian friendly. 

Paul Conroy, West Twin Peaks Central Council, stated that the community had lobbied for the street light 
improvements and agreed with the Committee that the third option seemed the most feasible. However, he 
stressed the need for the pedestrian lights to be consistent with the design of the Muni light poles, the existing 
street furniture and local architecture. He reported that the community had some concerns about the design 
details and distribution of light throughout the corridor. Mr. Conroy concluded his comments by requesting that 
Muni continue to fine tune the proposal in consultation with the community and a lighting engineer. 

Mr. Bryant stated that Muni had endeavored to accommodate the community's issues and concerns, but 
underscored the need to put the project out to bid by August 15. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the project required full community support in order to proceed. 

Mr. Conroy stated that the community did not wish to delay the schedule, but they did have misgivings about 
the roundness of the globe. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested that approval be granted on the condition that the design team 
continued to work with the community. 

Commissioner Gatti noted that Ocean Avenue's existing design elements were eclectic and that approval should 
be granted so that the schedule could move ahead. 

Mr. Thomas said that the graphics in the proposal were misleading and that the shape of the globe was not as 
simple as it appeared. 

Mr. Conroy stated that the community would prefer a more historic reference. 

Mr. Bryant replied that the Muni wished to respond to the community's request and were receptive to an 
alternative globe. 

The Committee agreed to approve the third option and to place the project on the Full Commission's consent 
calendar providing that Muni continued to work with the community on the design of the globe. 

Motion: to approve the Ocean Ave Reconstruction and Improvements Project, Phase 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

V. NEW BALBOA PARK RESTROOM PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Victor Talatala, Project Architect, DPW BOA, reported that the design was in keeping with the Phase 1 proposal 
approved in September 1999. He presented the material samples to the Committee, and described how the roof 
will be Spanish style red clay tile while the CMU walls will be covered in cream stucco. 

Motion: to approve the New Balboa Park Restrooms Project, Phase 2 &3 

Motion: Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

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IVL RECREATION & PARK PUBLIC RESTROOMS PROJECT 
GOLDEN GATE PARK: STOW LAKE, ARBORETUM & PANHANDLE 
PHASE 3 

Mr. Talatala reported that the design was in keeping with the Phase 2 proposal approved in September 1999. 

Motion to approve the Recreation and Park Public Restrooms Project, Golden Gate Park: Stow Lake, 
Arboretum and Panhandle, Phase 3 

Motion: Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

Commissioner Gatti left the meeting at 4:30 p.m. 

VH GOLDEN GATE PARK WEST END PAVILION 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Mike Leo, Project Manager, Friends of Recreation and Park reported that there were no significant changes to 
the Phase 1 proposal approved in August 1999. He presented the material samples and final construction 
drawings to the Committee. The materials included ochre and fern green integral color concrete flooring, black 
and ochre bio-composite board and corrugated metal roofing. He reported that the dark blue detailing had been 
changed to black in response to the Commissioners' comments at the project's preliminary review. He noted that 
the security issue created by the gap between the birm and the building had been addressed by setting the birm 
further back from the structure. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested eliminating the cavity altogether, and discussed how he had worked on 
a similar project at Funston Park where the gap had caused problems and was eventually filled. 

Mr. Leo replied that a continuous surface between birm and building permitted open access to the skylights and 
the planted roof. He noted that the structural walls inside the cavity will be protected by an anti graffiti treatment. 
He reported that Friends of Recreation and Park were working on the project in cooperation with the Public Art 
Program and that artist Mark Brest Van Kempen had been selected to design a series of panels for the rear 
interior wall. Mr. Leo explained that the artwork will involve paper reproductions of the extinct Xerxes Blue 
butterfly that will be embedded into resin panels that are protected by a glass barrier. 

Mr. Newirth stated that the butterflies were very convincing and assured the Committee that signage will be 
installed adjacent to the artwork to educate the public about the butterflies' significance and to make clear that 
they were not real. 

In view of there being insufficient Committee members present to form a quorum, Commissioners Cochran and 
Freebairn-Smith agreed to recommend the project for approval under Committee reports at the Full Commission 
meeting in August. 

VEDL CALAVERAS RESERVOIR POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE PROJECT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Kent Ford, Project Architect, DPW BOA, reported that the design was in keeping with the Phase 1 proposal 
approved in May. The material samples presented included textured CMU walls with an integral cream color, 
and dark green metal sidings and roof. 

In view of there being insufficient Committee members present to form a quorum, Commissioners Cochran and 
Freebairn-Smith agreed to recommend the project for approval under Committee reports at the August Full 
Committee meeting. 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2000 

3:00 p.m. 

255 Channel Street 

San Francisco 94107 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. 
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. For information about how to get to the meeting, please contact Catellus at 974 3737. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE 
PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; 
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I. MISSION CREEK PARK OPEN SPACE: NP 1-3 & PI 
Schematic Design Review 

(Mission Bay North Detail Master Plan approved 4/20/99) 
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The meeting commenced at 3: 10 p.m. 

L Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith, William Meyer 
Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 
Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

H MISSION CREEK PARK OPEN SPACE: NP 1-3 & PI 
Schematic Design Review 

Amy Neches, Project Manager, Redevelopment Agency, stated that the purpose of the meeting was to review 
the open space plan for land parcels NP1 , NP2 and NP3 north of Mission Creek, and south parcel PI . She 
provided a brief over view of the MOU binding the City and Catellus, and explained that under this agreement 
the Arts Commission's Civic Design Review Committee was responsible for approving all street furnishings and 
built structures, while acting as an advisory on all other landscaping elements. She noted that once the major 
design phases were approved, all subsequent improvement plans and construction drawings will be reviewed at 
staff level. She stated that the elements within the current proposal included a concession stand, lighting and 
benches. Ms. Neches concluded her introductory remarks by noting that the open spaces proposed by Catellus 
will be managed by the Redevelopment Agency for a period of 45 years. 

The Commissioners thanked the Redevelopment Agency and Catellus for the opportunity to be involved in the 
project's development, and stated that they welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback on the landscaping 
proposal. 

Amy Coburn, Director of Design, Catellus, stated that while both north and south parcels will be flanked by 
housing units, the north side's character will be urban, while the south will be more informal. She identified how 
the site conditions had contained the development of NP1, NP2, NP3 and PI into a linear format. Ms. Coburn 
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supported the project. She described how the the north will accommodate a waterfront esplanade and a plaza at 
the end of Fifth Street. The south will feature a corresponding plaza that is aligned with Fifth Street, with a 
pedestrian footbridge eventually linking the two plazas. An informal performance area, concession stand and tidal 
pool will be located in the south parcel. Both north and south areas will gently slope towards the water to 
promote drainage. Lighting will be kept to a minimal, intimate level. Ms. Coburn concluded her introduction by 
describing how the subsequent open space proposals for the south will include a fresh water lagoon, 
enhancements to the house boat community's garden and parking spaces. 

Marta Fry, Landscape Architect, Marta Fry and Associates, described how the seating wall that will extend along 
the northern esplanade, separating the residential area from the promenade. The form will combine integrated 
niches as well as free standing benches. The integrated sections will cantilever from the concrete wall at a 
gracious radius, with metal fins supporting the wooden seats. Ms. Fry provided sketches depicting several 
variations on this theme. The metal will be powder-coated in the same pearlescent gray featured throughout the 
rest of the project. Ms. Fry noted that her design team were aware of the prevalence of skateboard damage 
throughout other parts of the City, and suggested integrating discontinuous surfaces to help prevent this from 
occurring along the seating walls. These suggestions included cantilevered sections and integrated diverts or 
breaks. She stated that metal balustrade will only occur in isolated areas where there is a grade increase along the 
promenade. The balustrade will be powder coated the same pearlescent gray, with its railing system consisting of 
either horizontal flat bars or round rods. A vertical lighting bar will be integrated into the either side of the center 
of each balustrade panel, making the lights visible from either side of the creek. The Fifth Street Plaza will feature 
a sloped lawn, gardens and water terraces adjoining a paved overlook that is positioned above an out fall 
structure. The water terraces will include a storm water pool that accommodates season flooding. Interactive 
water sphere sculptures will mark the gradient changes within the pool, while also visually activating the space. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith arrived at 3:30 p.m. and Commissioner Meyer provided him with a brief 
summary of the presentation. 

Ms. Fry then described how the esplanade's paving will be in keeping with the standard Mission Bay materials 
palette, with large asphalt pavers separated by intermediate bands of a lighter color, with hexagonal unit pavers 
occurring at each mid-block crossing section. The Fifth Street plaza will be paved with concrete unit pavers with 
stone accents. Ms. Fry stated that they preferred not to use poured concrete in the plaza or the walkways as they 
wanted to create an elegant urban gesture. The lighting plan will include beacon lights along the boat launches on 
either side of the creek. Trees will be uplit while the remaining lighting plan will be in keeping with the lighting 
plan previously approved for the rest of Mission Bay. 

Commissioner Cochran described the design as sound, sophisticated and interesting. She suggested that more 
integral anti-skateboarding measures should be considered. She was impressed with the color and materials 
palette, but cautioned that the powder coating may provide inadequate protection against corrosion. She asked 
about the long-term maintenance plan. 

Ms. Fry replied that they were researching a touchup paint that could be used for chips and rust, and that they 
were exploring galvanized surfaces as an alternative. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith referred to the community planning sessions held by Catellus last fall, and 
discussed how these workshops had informed the site programming. He was concerned that the workshop 
participants did not provide a true cross section of the local residents. Commissioner Freebairn-Smith shared 
Commissioner Cochran's concerns regarding maintenance, and asked if Catellus had resolved these issues with 
other City agencies. 

Ms. Neches replied that site maintenance will be controlled by the Redevelopment Agency, rather than being 
controlled by the standard operations managed by PUC and DPW. She noted that this permitted the designers 
more liberty with the choice of materials and forms. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith underscored the importance of responding to citizens' needs, and asked for 
reassurance that there will be ongoing adequate public consultation throughout the project. He described the 
outer Mission community's involvement in the Islais Creek project as a similar scenario. He stated that the 
project's success will be posited in the ability to anticipate the community's future use of the site, and that it was 
necessary to promote public access to the site where ever possible. He concluded his comments with his 
concerns that the railing spans may be damaged by children climbing over them and discussed the damage at 
Pier 42. 

Ms. Fry replied that the rails' short span, curved radii and wide gauge should prevent this from happening. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stressed the need for the project to promote a transit first policy and that the 
space needed to provide adequate seating and amenities for commuters. 

Ms. Fry replied that the area will be primarily residential. It is anticipated that it will be used for recreational 
activities such as picnicking and walking. 

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Eric Harrison, Senior Vice President of Development, Catellus, confirmed that over 3,000 residential units will be 
constructed in the blocks immediately north of Mission Creek Park, while 2,000 will be built to the south. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that if this were the case, the area must be able to provide play spaces for 
children. He added that it was also important to create a unique and memorable character for the area. 
Commissioner Freebairn-Smith then asked if the site programming could accommodate the types of activities 
promoted by the Arts Commission and stated that the amenities supporting these events needed to have a strong 
visual presence. 

Ms. Coburn replied that the site programming included both visual and performing arts activities and identified 
the informal stage at PI, as well as the larger performance space to be proposed for the bay front. She reported 
that the 1 % for Public Art allocation will be accounted for in the Master Plan. 

Commissioner Meyer was impressed with most of the proposal, but was concerned that there was no unification 
between the benches and the elegant simplicity reflected in the rest of the elements. He suggested that a more 
delicate geometry would be more appropriate 

Ms. Neches asked Commissioner Meyer to clarify the aspects that he was uncomfortable with. 

Commissioner Meyer replied that while the bench layout and configurations were well resolved, the design detail 
was inconsistent and required further study. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the components will be custom made, and if so, were they affordable. 

Ms. Coburn confirmed that they were. 

Ms. Fry stated that in order to promote continuity, the same design team had been used on all the streetscaping 
elements, and that the proposed benches will be constructed from the standard set of materials approved for the 
rest Mission Bay. 

Commissioner Meyer replied that he was comfortable with the materials and that only the forms appeared 
incongruent. He described the benches as having too much of an art and crafts influence and that they needed to 
draw upon the modern, elementary forms that had become the Mission Bay's design standard. 

Ms. Coburn then presented the schematic design for south parcel PI, the focus of which is a simple pavilion 
surrounded by an informal terraced area. The building accommodates a small cafe, restrooms and storage, with 
the surrounds designed for passive recreational activities. Ms. Coburn stated that the design was made at the 
community's request. 

Douglas Tom, Principal, Tom + Aguila Architecture and Interiors, described how the building's western 
orientation will provide an immediate link to the footbridge, outlooks onto the creek and sidelong views to 
downtown. Rest rooms and service areas will be placed at the rear of the building. The building will be 
constructed from two tone ground face concrete block flanked by glass panels. The roof top will be a dynamic 
part of the structure as it will be visible to the adjacent residential towers. The floor will be stained concrete, while 
the tiling will be a warm butter yellow and the hardware will be brushed chrome. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that it was critically important for the design to articulate its civic purpose 
and that it be carefully integrated in the green space or be relocated else where on the Mission Bay campus. He 
said that the space was not unlike Crissie Field, as that the space should be as open and invitational as possible. 

Commission Cochran thought that the proposal was appropriate for the site. She acknowledged that it was a 
restricted space to work within, and expressed concern that there was inadequate space for seating on the cafe 
terrace. 

Mr. Tom replied that there was. 

Ms. Neches confirmed that the community felt it was necessary to have a small concession at this location, as it 
provided a central point of focus for the many varied recreational activities stemming from the southern bank. 
She noted that the community had asked for restrooms to be incorporated into the concession. 

Ms. Coburn agreed that it was the most amenable location for this type of facility, and that it was important to 
offer minimal shelter from the prevailing winds. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed that there was a need to provide amenities at this particular area. He approved of 
the building's transparency, however he was uncomfortable with the its resemblance to the Dulles airport, which 
is also a solid structure clad in glass with a sloping metal roof. He suggested that the design be further studied in 
order to provide something more unique. 

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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stressed his concerns that the community were not being adequately involved in 
the design process. 

Ms. Coburn said that they would continue to work with the community and the Redevelopment Agency on the 
design. 

Ms. Neches confirmed that residents from Potrero Hill and the Houseboat community regularly attended the 
community workshops as they has a vested interest in the project. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the community had struggled to defend the open space north of 
Market Street. He stressed that this was the first parcel of open space to be developed in the City in the last 
hundred years and that all aspects of the project had to carefully examined, and that it could be determined that 
the pavilion needed to be relocated. 

Ms. Coburn was confident that the facility would serve the community's immediate and future needs, and would 
generally help activate the space. 

Ms. Neches stated that it was difficult to gauge the future uses of this area as it was the first parcel of Mission 
Bay's open space to be developed. She said that the user groups will range from the university's student 
population to the residential community. 

Ms. Coburn said that the city needed more open space concessions and that similar venues such as the Ramp had 
proven enormously popular and successful. 

Commissioner Meyer said that the building should be re-oriented to take advantage of its southern exposure. 

Ms. Neches replied that this would significantly compromise the views across the creek. 

Commissioner Meyer underscored his concerns that the building had too many references to significant pieces of 
architecture and that it needed to create a greater association with its immediate environment. 

Ms. Neches replied that concession stand was not intended to reference the Dulles airport and that they had 
simply sought to create a transparent design vocabulary. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that it was important to use a subtle approach when designing these types 
of buildings. He described how a simple protective shell could provide wind protection, and discussed the Golden 
Gate Park Pavilion as an example of modest, ecological and non-obtrusive design. 

Ms. Coburn agreed that access, amenity and transparency were legitimate considerations, and that the design 
team were aware that each elevation needed to be treated with sensitivity. 

Commissioners Cochran and Meyer stated that the building did not necessarily have to disappear into the 
landscape and that it was acceptable to maintain some degree of visibility, providing that the building was of a 
sound and sensitive design. 

The Committee agreed to schedule another review at a special meeting in August. 

EL Adjournment 

The meeting concluded at 4:40 p.m. 

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255 CHANNEL STREET 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator 
at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission 
office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular business hours. For information about how to get to the meeting, 
please contact Catellus at 974 3737. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF 
RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 
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L MISSION CREEK PARK OPEN SPACE PLAN: NP 1-3 & PI 
Schematic Design Review 

(Reviewed 7/25/00) 

Amy Coburn, Director of Design, Catellus 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2000 

2:00 p.m. 

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The meeting commenced at 2:10 p.m. 

L Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith, William Meyer 
Commissioners absent: Andrea Cochran 
Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

II MISSION CREEK PARK OPEN SPACE: NP 1-3 & PI 
Schematic Design Review 

Amy Coburn, Associate Vice President, Catellus, provided a brief overview of the developments to the concept 
plan previously presented to the Committee on July 25. She explained that the northern parcels will reflect an 
urban quality with tight layers of components, while the south will be more open and informal. 

Marta Fry, Marta Fry Landscape Architects provided a more detailed description of the additions and changes to 
the north. She stated that the water's edge will be planted with inter-tidal native species which will soften the 
hardscape and stabilize the sheered banks. The planting will also help create greater links with the landscaping in 
the south. She noted that the promenade was still in place and had been defined as a willow walk. The Fifth 
Street Plaza design remained unchanged. The north's color palette is based upon cool blues and grays in keeping 
with the rest of Mission Bay. Materials will include wood, concrete and stone, generally keeping within the 
established design guidelines while still maintaining a unique identity for the space. She reported that they were 
continuing to work in close association with the south's design team. The bench system will still include the 
seating wall and had been defined as custom made modular units. Double sided seats will be used at the 
overlooks while free standing and integrated niches will be positioned along the walkway. A fully integrated 
lighting plan will emphasize safety and circulation, maintaining ambient levels of illumination and minimal vertical 
clutter. Light wells will uphght the trees while illuminated seating niches will cast a low wash over the 
promenade. Integral balustrade lights will be visible from both sides of Mission Creek. Small floods will illuminate 
the docks and boat launch. 

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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked who would be responsible for maintenance. 

Ms. Coburn replied that the buildings and properties will be the responsibility of the developer while the open 
spaces will fall under the jurisdiction of the Redevelopment Agency and Catellus. Guidelines will be established 
for all areas not managed by the City. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed that more delicate fixtures could be considered if the site was managed by 
specially contracted caretakers. 

Commissioner Gatti was impressed with the integrated lighting system as it helped eliminate vertical clutter. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commended the balustrade's design as the lights will create the illusion of jewels 
lacing the Channel. However, he was concerned that the lights may be damaged by vandals and quickly become 
unattractive. 

Commissioner Gatti was confident that a secure, recessed housing could be designed. 

Ms. Neches confirmed that the site will be managed under a system similar to Yerba Buena Gardens, with a crew 
of full time gardeners and security staff funded by Catellus and the property developers. She emphasized the 
Redevelopment Agency's efforts to establish high maintenance standards at Yerba Buena Gardens. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if architectural graphics were to be incorporated into the furnishings 
system. 

Ms. Coburn confirmed that graphics will be included the plan. The materials and colors will be in keeping with 
the established Mission Bay palette. She noted that while a specific graphics system was yet to be determined, it 
would be consistent across North and South parcels and the UC campus. 

Commissioner Gatti noted that Stanford University had an exemplary graphics system which made a natural 
progression from the surrounding architecture. 

Ms. Coburn then described the south plan and emphasized the Redevelopment Agency's request for a pavilion 
that could provide amenities for people visiting the space. 

Ms. Neches reported that while the houseboat community were not completely comfortable with the proposed 
pavilion, the rest of the community was in support of the proposal and ultimately the decision would be in the 
hands of the Redevelopment Agency. She underscored that the pavilion was a critical element in the design and 
will support a wide range of activities. 

Ms. Coburn reported that while the connection between the north and south parks via the pedestrian footbridge 
will remain the same, the amount of hard landscaping in the south had been reduced. They had responded to 
Commissioner Freebairn-Smith's comments regarding the pavilion's placement by raising its elevation and 
moving it closer to the road. 

Commissioner Gatti was not concerned with the pavilion's design or placement, but asked if it could provide 
sufficient amenities for the park's programming. 

Doug Tom, architect, Tom + Aguila presented a model of the pavilion and explained the difficulty in calculating 
an appropriate ratio of amenity to open space. 

Ms. Neches explained that temporary amenities will be provided for special events. She reported that additional 
facilities will be included at later stages in the project, particularly around the sporting areas. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested that Decaux toilet kiosks could be considered in the future as they 
provided high design and maintenance standards. 

Ms. Neches said that if they were to do so the design will have to blend in with the vernacular established for the 
rest of Mission Bay. 

Commission Gatti asked if the plan provided sufficient parking. 

Ms. Neches replied that that at this stage all parking will be on the street. 

Commissioner Gatti was pleased that the use of different design teams for the north and south had created 
different expressions for each space. 

Ms. Coburn confirmed that they wanted to provide a level of uniqueness within the sum of units. 

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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith noted that this was a difficult balance to achieve. 

Commissioner Gatti considered these slight variations to be the strength of the overall design. He also liked the 
contemporary design, and noted that as sections were added they would create an urban design chronology. 

Ms. Coburn emphasized Catellus' desire to create a dynamic and expressive neighborhood. 

Mr. Tom then provided a more detailed description of the pavilion. Ground-face concrete block will be used for 
the restrooms. All metal elements will be powder-coated steel gray with stainless steel used as an accent in some 
areas. Warmer tones and textures will be applied to the interior. 

Ms. Coburn stated that issues relative to the proposed pump station adjacent to the south park still needed to be 
resolved. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the Islais Creek project had encountered similar design issues. 

Commissioner Gatti was comfortable with the massing and location of the pavilion. However he disapproved of 
the color scheme and said that green or white would be more appropriate. He also suggested further study of the 
material specified for the restroom's CMU. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested pulling the building further in from the water's edge. He asked if the 
pavilion's design, size and location satisfied Recreation and Park's requirements. 

Ms. Neches explained that the project did not fall under Recreation and Park's jurisdiction. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith noted that Recreation and Park had established a series of design objectives that 
could be equally applied to Mission Bay. He cautioned that these guidelines clearly stated that such structures 
should be kept clear of the water's edge. He suggested modifying the design by extending the channel into the 
open space. This addition will create a richer connection with the water's edge as it would attract restaurants and 
cafe concessions which in turn increase overall land value. He added that the extension would also provide a boat 
docking area. 

Ms. Neches said that the suggestions would be taken into consideration. She stated that they were currently 
proposing a vehicle drop-off area for boaters. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that a stronger relationship needed to be created between the pavilion and the 
footbridge. He noted that the pavilion had been much improved by some subtle changes, but recommended 
further study of the placement and hardscaping. 

Commissioner Gatti cautioned that relocating the pavilion would interrupt the corridor between north and south 
plazas. 

Mr. Tom suggested introducing a sculptural element to visually anchor the bridge's southern end. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that the south's current configuration was too tight as the grassed area and the 
pavilion were fighting for attention. He was satisfied with the bench design and asked which wood would be 
specified. 

Ms. Fry replied that it will be a sustainable hardwood such as teak, as it aged beautifully into a gray. Oiled wood 
may be considered as an alternative. 

Commissioner Gatti noted that the pavilion's location may require further study after the design was reviewed by 
BCDC. He asked about the public art component. 

Ms. Coburn said that an artworks program will be included in the master plan. 

Ms. Neches estimated that 1% of the capital works project will generate approximately $9,000,000 for a public 
art fund. The Arts Commission will be required to review all artworks falling within the public's right of way. 

Commissioner Meyer said that guidelines for such projects had been established by the Arts Commission and 
that Catellus should use this material as a point of reference. 

Commissioner Freebairn Smith asked if the Port will retain jurisdiction over the Channel's entrance. 

Ms. Neches replied that they would. She noted that the Port was in the process of developing a landscaped 
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Commissioner Freebairn Smith hoped that this addition would appear as a natural continuation of the promenade. 

Ms. Coburn confirmed that the Port was using design elements that were linked to Mission Bay. 

Commissioner Meyer proposed that the Committee approve the design with the exclusion of the pavilion's 
location. 

Commissioner Gatti said that the project should be approved without conditions. He stated that the building was 
in natural proximity to the bridge and the amphitheater and that they should proceed with the approval. 

Ms. Fry stated that the design team had made exhaustive efforts to consider alternate locations for the pavilion, 
and that they were confident that the current placement best suited the site conditions and programming. 

Commissioner Meyer emphasized the need to further study the location of the pavilion. 

Commission Freebairn-Smith stated that he was not happy with the inclusion of the pavilion. However, he was 
willing to approve the structure in order to see the project move ahead. 

The Committee agreed to review the revised location at another meeting 

Motion: to approve the Mission Creek Park Open Space Schematic Design for parcels NP 1-3 & PI with the 
exception of the pavilion location. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

III. Adjournment 

The meeting concluded at 4:40 p.m. 

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REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING 

Monday fugust 21, 2000 
3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. 
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE 
PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; 
PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION 

Gary Hoy, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnerships 

II. SAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN SIGNAGE PROGRAM 

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION & POSSIBLE MOTION FOR PHASE 1 

(Phase 3 approved 1/1 1/99) 

Gary Hoy, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

III. EUREKA VALLEY RECREATION CENTER ADDITION 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 reviewed 5/23/00) 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

IV. UNITED NATIONS PLAZA IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 approved 7/24/95) 

Judy Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

V. SOUTH EAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
BUILDING 860 VENTILATION & ODOR IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VI. JAPANESE TEA GARDEN 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 & 2 approved 7/15/96) 

Kenji Murokami, Project Architect, Murokami & Associates 

VII. MARGARET HAYWARD PLAYGROUND CLUBHOUSE 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 02/28/00) 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

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SPECIAL MONTHLY MEETING 

Monday, ^ugust 28, 2000 

3:00 p.m. 

Fleming Golf Course 

99 Harding Road, Lake Merced 

San Francisco 94132 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. 
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

For directions to the meeting, please contact: 
Arnold Palmer Golf at 415 661 1865 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE 
PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; 
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I. HARDING PARK/ FLEMING GOLF COURSE 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 presentation 07/17/00) 

Chris Hamill, Director of Development, Arnold Palmer Golf 

Jeff Stahl, Director of Design, Kwan-Henmi Architects 



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Monday, August 28, 2000 

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99 Harding Road, Lake Merced 

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I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present:, William Meyer, Andrea Cochran 
Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith 
Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 



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Jeff Stahl, Project Architect, Kwan Henmi and Associates presented the revised schematic design to the Committee. He identified the 
existing and proposed structures on the site plan and explained that the project entailed relocating and rebuilding the clubhouse, 
driving range, cart house, maintenance shed as well as adding a concession stand and First Tee training center. The project also entails 
reconfiguring and regrading the course contours with substantial work to be performed on the 13th and 18th greens. He noted that the 
landscaping proposal includes a major reforestation component as the majority of the existing Monterey cypress trees had reached the 
end of their 70 year old life cycle and required replacing. Additional landscaping features will include a new entry gate which has been 
designed to create a more formal point of arrival. As per the previous presentation, the clubhouse will be built closer to the parking 
area with the front facade flanked by a gracious approach. While this will require pushing the clubhouse back from the entrance, the 
access road to the facility will remain the same. Additional parking areas will include handicapped spaces in front and behind the 
clubhouse. Clubhouse materials pallet includes vanilla stucco, red roof tile and glass window facade. Tiles may be salvaged from the 
roof of the existing structure in order to give the new structure a sense of character. The administration wing will be located on the 
southern elevation. The western elevation will look out onto the 18th green and will accommodate the greater volume of the dining 
area, as well as part of the pro-shop and administration areas. The northern side accommodates the remainder of the dining room and 
provides dramatic views out onto the 9th green. The eastern side accesses the service entry and rear of the kitchen. Mr. Stahl 
presented a model of the redevelopment depicting the relationship between the clubhouse, the additional structures and re-graded 
course. The model indicated that the cart house had been relocated from underneath the facility to an area immediately adjacent. Mr. 
Stahl explained that the move had been made in view of potential conflicts with proposed below grade amenities. The new cart house 
will be a simple structure with roll up doors and will utilize similar materials and forms as the clubhouse. The maintenance shed will 
be moved out to the property line, facing east onto Lake Merced Boulevard within an existing clearing of trees with additional planting 
to help with screening. The shed consists of a simple metal clad structure with a small CMU staff training room and a roof that 
includes light monitors and a deep over hang. The driving range will be replaced and relocated to an area within close proximity to the 
clubhouse and entrance. Its capacity will be expanded to 50 stalls housed in two levels. He explained that the goal had been to 
maximize programming with minimal visual impact and that the resulting design includes a simple steel construction with basket 
weave screening. The new First Tee youth training center consists of a small 1000 sq. ft structure located within easy access to the 
current driving range This facility includes an instruction space, information desk, restrooms and office. The instruction area will be 
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fairway and includes restrooms and a small cafe. The store's style will combine the clubhouse's stucco vernacular with the industrial 
character of the maintenance shed. The new main entry to the golf course has been designed to provide greater security at night while 
also helping promote a stronger visual identity for the course. The existing chain link fence will be replaced with a low stone garden 
wall. Ornamental pillars with integral light fixtures will flank the driveway and pedestrian gates. 

The meeting was opened to public testimony. 

Nancy Corrs, representative of the Harding Park Women's Golf Club asked if the clubhouse interior included an area for club 
member's meetings. 

Mr. Stahl replied that Arnold Palmer had agreed that the banquet rooms could double as meeting rooms when functions were not in 
place. He said that the exact programming was yet to be determined, and added that the offices may also be considered as a meeting 
spaces. 

Jacqui Fong, Project Manager, Recreation and Park confirmed that the developer had agreed to provide a flexible meeting space for 
these types of meetings. She stated that the scheduling would be posted in advance of opening the new facility. 

Mr. Francis McCall, representative of Friends of Muni Golf asked why it was necessary to relocate the clubhouse. 

Mr. Stahl explained as the design developed in consultation with Recreation and Park and Arnold Palmer Golf it had become apparent 
that operations for special events could be improved by relocating the clubhouse further along the access road. He noted that the 
current aim was to improve views to the lake by lifting the building above grade avoiding the complications of below grade 
construction. 

Mr. Joseph Greenwall asked if the funds allocated to upgrading the clubhouse would compromise the amount devoted to improving 
the playing field. He also asked if the cart house was not being build below grade because of cost cutting issues. 

Chris Hamill, Project Manager, Arnold Palmer Golf reported that these construction changes were not cost related. He stated that the 
extensive underground work proposed by PUC had seriously impacted the feasibility of locating the cart house under the clubhouse. 

Mr. Harmon was concerned that the lights from the driving range may attract bird life. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the site conditions will not be any different than those currently present on the street. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that the changes to the design had resulted in a more unified series of units. However she was 
concerned that the changes to the building's vernacular had created a charmless, sterile and generic design and emphasized the need to 
create visual interest. She noted that while the site plan was thoughtfully considered, the buildings lacked any degree of interest and 
detail. She noted that the club house's roof line created an awkward hard edge. 

Mr. Stahl replied that they would add a copper detail to the area between the roof and the stucco siding. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that the circular entry in the previous design made a more artistic statement and that she would prefer to 
see some of these more dramatic elements return to the design. She suggested that the entry gate required further study and that the 
ornamentation at the top of the columns was too simplistic and lacked proportion. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed that the building had been reduced to something completely bland and non-controversial. He stated that 
he would be more comfortable with the approval if the bell tower and archway could be reconfigured into the current proposal. 

Mr. Stahl explained that the architects had made a semantic shift between the Mission revival design and a modern building with 
Mission influences. He agreed that the new design was a more rational, conservative approach. 

Commissioner Meyer said it was critical that the northern elevation be enhanced to create a grander entry statement. He added that he 
would prefer to see a tiled roof on the smaller accessory buildings rather than metal. He asked for clarification of the entry light 
fixtures and said that he was uncomfortable with the cruciform ornamentation as it could be read within a religious context. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the lights were intended to understood as glass volumes within a metal frame and that this was not completely 
apparent in the rendering. He suggested that cast or slumped glass could be sculpted into an interesting form. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the screening material specified for the driving range. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the driving range would be wrapped with interwoven durable PVC mesh similar to tennis court screening 
material. 

Ms Cochran asked about the shape of the driving range roof. 

Mr. Stahl replied that a flat roof would minimize the structure's presence. 

Commissioner Meyer was concerned that the material would quickly sag from day to day wear and tear. He asked if the design 
included a vertical support system. 

Mr. Stall said that the screen would be out of arms reach. 

Commissioner Meyer cautioned that it could still be wind damaged and recommended specifying a metal mesh that would offer more 
support. He also suggested continuing the clubhouse's stucco design detail through to the driving range and cart house as they were 
all within close proximity and should have the same design vernacular. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the only opportunity to apply stucco to the driving range would be at the entry. He noted that a formal entry 
may be eliminated to accommodate the ball handling area. 

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Commissioner Cochran stated that a sample of the material used to screen the driving range should be presented to the Committee 
before it could be approved. She also stated that she was unable to approve the club house, cart house or driving range without 
modifications to the current design. She stated that she found the northern facade of the club house particularly problematic and that it 
would be much improved by additional depth and detail. She asked to see the clock tower removed from the side of the First Tee 
building. 

Mr. Stahl agreed to remove the clock. He then suggested that the Commissioners could consider approving the maintenance shed and 
country store and first tee building, while the other structures could be redesigned and presented at a later date. 

Commissioner Meyer added that he would like to see the geometry of the cart house reoriented towards the clubhouse. 

Mr. Stahl agreed that this would improve the spatial relationship. 

In view of there being insufficient Committee members present to form a quorum, Commissioners Cochran and Meyer agreed to 
recommend the the accessory structures for approval under Committee reports at the August Full Committee meeting. The approval 
was granted on the condition that the metal roof be replaced with red tile. 

II. Adjournment 

The meeting concluded at 4:00 p.m. 

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Monday, September 11, 2000 

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25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. 
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE 
PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS: 
PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION & POSSIBLE MOTION FOR PHASE 1 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnerships 
Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA 
Gary Hoy, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

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The meeting commenced at 2:10 p.m. 

L Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Andrea Cochran 
Commissioners absent: William Meyer 
Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

H. Juvenile Hall Replacement Project 

Informational Presentation with Possible Motion for Phase 1 

Ms. Gonchar opened the meeting and introduced the design team to the Committee. 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA explained that the project was a joint venture implemented by the 
Mayor's Juvenile Probation Council and the Juvenile Probation Department. He provided a site plan of the 
current facility and explained that the scope of work involved replacing most of the existing site components. 
The most significant part of the improvements will include increasing the size of the housing units from 132 beds 
to 150, building new visitation spaces and introducing a new central public entry. He noted that the courts and 
administrative buildings will remain relatively unchanged. Mr. Bigelow reported that an artist team had been 
selected and that they were working collaboratively with the design team on an integrated artworks program. He 
reported that the team were considering the redesign of the entry space as a key feature within their proposal. 
Mr. Bigelow explained that the facility's replacement will require two stages of construction. The first stage will 
involve the temporary relocation of some operations to elsewhere on the site, while building is in progress. The 
second stage will involve exterior site developments and landscaping improvements. The estimated construction 
cost will be $37 million, with $15 million provided by a Federal grant administered by the Board of Corrections. 
The balance of $22 million will be provided by the City. The project will be presented for Phase 2 Civic Design 
approval in January of 2001. Construction will commence in November 2001 and will be completed by 2003. 
Mr. Bigelow concluded his comments by stating that the project will be presented to the community on 
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Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnerships presented the schematic design to the Committee. He said 
that the project's most critical design challenge was to build the new facilities while maintaining existing secure 
operations on location. He explained that the site had a steep north to south elevation and that most of this 
grading would remain unchanged. He then identified the following design objectives that were established by 
Criminal Justice Council and the Juvenile Probation Department: 

1 . Maintain and create a safe and secure environment with layered security zones 

2. Create a helpful and welcoming entry environment 

3. Communicate themes of rejuvenation and rehabilitation throughout the facility 

4. Comply with all necessary regulatory codes. 

He explained that the existing public entries will remain on Woodside but will be reconfigured into a central main 
entry. This entry will serve the public areas such as the administration, courts, visitation, and chapel. All the 
secure operations will be relocated behind the public access area. This restricted area will include the intake 
assessment area, mental health clinic, administration, central control, medical center, infirmary, 24 housing units, 
education, gymnasium, kitchen, vehicular entry, delivery and sally port areas. 

Commissioner Gatti asked if the new facility provided any opportunity for co-ed interaction. 

Mr. Ryan replied that they will be implementing a central corridor circulation plan that will offer restricted 
interaction between the divided groups of boys and girls, however there may be opportunities for the youth 
housed in the general population units to interact in the school rooms and the gym. He stated that in the interests 
of safety, girl / boy interaction was not permitted between high security residents. He stated that while they had 
considered alternative circulation plans, sequencing of activity zones according to function had proven the most 
effective way to control the groups. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith arrived at 2:10 p.m. 

Mr. Ryan continued the presentation and stated that they had tried to integrate the new structures into the 
hillside, as the new buildings had to provide minimal visual impact to the adjacent neighborhood. He noted that 
the recreational zone would help provide a buffer between the housing units and adjoining properties. 

Commissioner Cochran asked how lower level elevations would be minimized 

Mr. Ryan replied that the buildings will be slightly higher than those depicted in the renderings. He explained that 
the first level would subtly step up the slope which would help maintain circulation. 

Commissioner Gatti asked about the new hardscape's relationship to the existing landscape. 

Mr. Ryan replied that the impact would be minimal. He explained that they intended to cut into the slope in 
order to accommodate the infirmary and staff administration area. He continued to explain that the housing units 
would be built as a single story but will also be tiered up the slope Mr. Ryan noted that while it would be 
preferable to plant a dense screen around the facility, security requirements required open landscaping 

Commissioner Gatti agreed that this was the best way to maximize the square footage without impacting the site 
conditions. 

Mr. Ryan explained each building's orientation. He proposed placing the housing units on a north to south axis 
which will maximize the amount of daylight flowing into the rooms. The chapel will have an integrated light 
monitor which will feature some form of artist's embellishment, with the staff offices and visitation areas 
extending from the chapel. He stated that they aimed to create an open space adjacent to the library and to allow 
views or natural light into the school rooms. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith complimented the design team on their research and comprehensive submittal 
package. 

Commissioner Cochran asked for further explanation of the divisions in the general population. 

Kimiko Burton Cruz, Director, Juvenile Probation Council explained that while the housing unit's sleeping areas 
will be single sex there may be the opportunity to house mixed groups within the same unit. She stated that in 
some cases it may be appropriate to house young boys with older more responsible girls. She said that there 
would be strict segregation from boys who were sex offenders. She noted that it was important to try and 
socialize the youth wherever possible to help improve their social skills. She concluded her comments by stating 
that any mixed groups will require constant and careful surveillance. 

Mr. Ryan stated that the intake area involved a three to five day assessment process, which required housing the 
youth within an area close to the assessment services. 

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Andrea Cochran asked about the average detention time 

Ms. Burton Cruz replied that it was 13 days. However, the time could range from less than a week to several 
months depending on the complexity of the case. 

Mr. Ryan stated that the design needed to cater to a very mobile population. 

Commissioner Gatti complimented the architects on the design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the project was beautifully presented and that the design was a 
sensitive response to the programmatic needs. He underscored the need to create a facility that did not look 
severe or imposing. Commissioner Freebairn-Smith also stressed the need to resolve all site planning issues with 
the community in the adjacent residential areas before proceeding with the next stage of the design, and 
concluded his comments by stating that the landscaping would require special attention. 

Mr. Ryan agreed that every effort had to be made to create a more comfortable and positive environment. He 
noted that the new entry would help promote a more positive public image for the facility. He reported that the 
landscaping issues would be difficult to resolve as the secure area needed to be kept open in order to remain 
secure. He suggested heavy planting around the exterior of the fence to help with screening. 

Motion: to approve the Juvenile Hall Replacement Project, Phase 1 

Motion: Commissioner Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 



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REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING 

Monday September 18, 2000 

^:00p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design 
Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the 
Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF 
RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION 
TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. 
(PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL 
APPROVAL). 

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L HARDING PARK GOLF COURSE 
CLUBHOUSE, DRIVING RANGE & CARTHOUSE 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 accessory structures approved 08/28/00) 

Chris Hamill, Director of Development, Arnold Palmer Golf 

Jeff Stahl, Director of Design, Kwan-Henmi Architects 

IL MUNI ISLAIS CREEK 

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION & POSSIBLE MOTION FOR 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 & 2 approved 10/19/98) 
John Funghi, Project Manager, Muni 
Robin Chaing, Project Architect 

JU SAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN SIGNAGE PROGRAM 

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION & POSSIBLE MOTION FOR 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

(Phase 3 approved 1/11/99) 

Gary Hoy, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

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PHASE 1 & 2 

(Phase 1 reviewed 5/23/00) 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

V. UNITED NATIONS PLAZA IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 approved 7/24/95) 

Judy Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

VL SOUTH EAST WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT 
BUILDING 860 VENTILATION & ODOR IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

VE MUNI METRO- EAST FACILITY 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 04/20/99) 

John Fong, Project Manager, MUNI 

VJJL JAPANESE TEA GARDEN 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 & 2 approved 7/15/96) 

Kenji Murokami, Project Architect, Murokami & Associates 

DC. MARGARET HAYWOOD PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 02/28/00) 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

X. NEW ELECTRIC TROLLEY COACH FACILITY MODD7ICATIONS 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Lisa Chow, Project Manager, MUNI 

XL PAC BELL SAFETY RAILINGS 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 12/20/99) 
Don Chee, Project Manger, MUNI 

XJJ. Adjournment 

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25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 240 

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The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 
I. Role Call: 



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Commissioners present: Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Andrea Cochran, William Meyer 
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II. Harding Park Golf Course Clubhouse, Driving Range, Carthouse, Entrance Gate and Fence 
Phase 1 

Nancy Gonchar. Deputy Director Arts Commission introduced the project to the Committee and stated the accessory 
structures were approved at the project's second Phase 1 review at a special meeting held at the golf course on 
August 28. The Committee had recommended further study of the main structures which included the clubhouse, 
driving range, cart house, entrance gate and fence. 

Jeff Stahl, Project Architect, Kwan Henmi explained that the proposal had changed in response to Commissioner 
Cochran's concerns that the design had lost its character and charm and needed stronger features. The design 
developments focused on creating a stronger unifying visual gesture between the club house and its adjacent 
structures. The collection of buildings will be reconfigured into a landscaped arc, extending from the driving range to 
the clubhouse. The cart bam will complete the arc and realigned to a position immediately behind the clubhouse. In 
keeping with the arc format the driving range will have a slightly curved gesture with the western elevation screened 
behind a layer of new and existing cypresses and a planted berm. He provided revised drawings of the clubhouse 
and explained that while the elevations had changed, the basic organization remained the same. He noted that some of 
the more dramatic features evident in the first proposal had been carried through into the facade revisions. The glass 
arch entry had been reintroduced to the northern elevation and will overlook the 9th green. The passage created by 
the arch will continue through the patio and will terminate at the center of the southern facade. The majority of the 
southern wall will be solid stucco with trellis planting introduced to the eastern half. The dining room area will have a 
taller volume and will be the only part of the clubhouse with a tiled roof. The cart house will face the access road and 
will feature bam doors on the front elevation. The southern elevation will feature a solid stucco wall in keeping with 
that of the clubhouse. The cart house roof will be tiled. The eastern and western sides of the driving range will be 
constructed from woven mesh supported at regular interval by stucco covered piers. The ends of the structure will be 
anchored by enclosed staircases. The entrance gate will be more traditional and will be flanked by battered columns 
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Commissioner Gatti asked why the gate in the previous design had been withdrawn from the proposal. 

Mr. Stahl explained that the Commissioners were concerned that the cross ornamentation could suggest a religious 
association. 

Commissioner Gatti complemented the design team on their presentation. He was prepared to approve the project but 
would prefer to see a more interesting, significant and modem entry statement. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith noted that the application of the curvilinear form to the site plan had created a more 
coherent design. He asked about the location of the additional cypress trees. 

Mr. Stahl replied that they would be planted at regular intervals along the berm. The line will gradually break up as it 
approached the patches of trees located at either end of the structure. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was still concerned that the group of structures will be stylistically confused, and 
although the elevations contained a number of differing design elements the massing needed to create a more 
traditional silhouette. He asked if the gate would provide adequate truck clearance and how it would be left opened. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the gate will be three feet high and that there were no overhead clearance problems. The 
opening would be mechanized. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that he would prefer to see the cart house positioned under the clubhouse. 
However he noted that the revised design had the potential to work compositionally. He commented that he was 
concerned that the gap between the clubhouse and the cart house may be misinterpreted as a portal. 

Mr. Stahl replied that he would consider moving the edge of the cart house further towards the clubhouse. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the spacing between the trees that were screening the driving range, and was 
particularly concerned about the planting around the parking lot. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the planting could be made more solid. 

Commissioner Cochran noted that the buildings were considerably improved. She was particularly pleased with the 
modifications to the cart house facade and the parapet additions to the clubhouse. She preferred to see the 
proportions used with the original archway and asked for more information about the design detail. 

Mr. Stahl replied that the arch would be recessed 10-12 inches and that a wooden grill would be placed over it. 

Commissioner Cochran suggested that it would be preferable to see the trellis located on the southern elevation as a 
free standing structure. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that it could be interesting to have the free standing columns aligned with the piers and 
extending up into the cantilever. 

Mr. Stahl stated that the columns were made out of plaster with the trellis laid out over the piers. He said that this 
treatment could be featured at the corners of the dining room as well. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the treatment of the plaza. 

Mr. Stahl replied that planting would occur in the foreground. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that the design was much improved and more coherent. He especially liked the sweep of 
the driving range. He was concerned about the gabled roof and suggested that a barrel bolt approach would be more 
successful. He expressed continued concern about the mesh screening. 

Mr. Stahl replied that he was confident that they would be able to devise a sturdy hanging system. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that it would be preferable to see the orbs and rectilinear geometry as detailed in the 
original gate, but without the crisscross motif. He stated that the gate should be more modern and monumental. 

Mr. Stahl stated that the existing gate on Skyline Boulevard was the principal entry statement and that he was more 
comfortable with a scaled down gesture for the new gate. 

Commissioner Gatti stressed that the gate would look more impressive on a grander scale. He asked for further 
information about the glass surrounding the fixtures. 

Mr. Stahl replied that it was an ornamental glass box. 

Commissioner Cochran also disliked the gate's proportion and detail. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the project would include directional signage. 

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Chris Hamil, Project Manager, Arnold Palmer Golf replied that it may. 

Motion to approve the Harding Park Golf Course Clubhouse, Driving Range, Carthouse, Entry Gate and Fence, 
Phase 1 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote for Freebairn-Smith, Gatti. Meyer 

Vote against: Cochran 

m. MUNIIslais Creek 

Information Presentation and Possible Motion for Phase 1 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project to the Committee and explained that the project had been brought back for 
Phase 1 approval as the design had changed significantly from the proposal approved by the Committee in October 
1998. 

John Funghi, Project Manger, Muni presented the project to the Committee and explained that the design team 
included Robin Chaing, Project Architect, Jacque Keller, Landscape Architect and John Thomson, Project Engineer. 
He explained that they had spent the last two years refining the design in response to BCDC recommendations. He 
stated that the most significant changes to the design included a more generous public entry, greater access to the 
shoreline and further integration of the artwork into the landscape. 

Mr. Chaing stated that BCDC had supported Commissioner Freebairn-Smith's earlier comments relative to increased 
public access to the adjacent shoreline and that MUNI had responded to the design recommendations. The facility 
will be divided into two buildings. The main building consists of two levels, with administrative and dispatch offices 
on the upper level and repair bays accommodated below. The smaller ancillary building will be used for washing 
cars, refueling and collecting fare boxes. The lobby of the main building will include a public access area and 
displays about the community's industrial history. Mr. Chaing explained that the building will have a north to south 
orientation that will work in conjunction with a system of skylights. 

Ms. Keller described the landscaping elements. She stated that they had emphasized the historical context and will 
integrate found objects relative to the area's maritime heritage into the site. She reported that the artwork was a key 
element in the landscaping plan and that it consisted of a skeletal ship structure. The form will flank a trail that 
meanders around the water's edge. Other features will include grassy mounds and undulating keystone paths which 
will help compensated for grade changes and will help prevent skateboarding. She noted that the pathways will 
connect bike riders with the City's existing bay trail. The landscaping plan will emphasize native plants. 

Nina Dunbar, Project Manager, Public Art Program described project artist Nobuho Nagaswa's design to the 
Committee. She stated that the artist had worked closely with landscape architect Jeffery Brown and the Friends of 
Islais Creek. She reported that the artwork was still in design development and that it will commemorate the local 
industry of ship building. She noted that the ship structure was an abstracted reference to the liberty ship the 
"Jeremiah O'Brian", and that a sophisticated system of cables and masts will be used to suggest the hull, masts and 
sails. 

Commission Meyer noted that Mr. Chaing had submitted two options for the massing. He approved of the 
corrugated metal skin treatment and stated that the selection of pre-engineered structures will suit the site's industrial 
vernacular. He preferred the second option which included north facing saw-tooth windows over a gabled roof. 
Commission Meyer concluded his comments by stating his concern that the building was not responding to the 
drama articulated in the artwork. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that the building needed to be as powerful as the imagery in the artwork, and 
suggested that the nautilus shape and mast elements in the landscaping plan could be extended into the building. 

Ms. Dunbar stated that the project presented the unusual circumstance where the artist had developed their proposal 
prior to the architect's work on the design. 

Commissioner Cochran preferred the first drawing in the submittal. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was pleased with the designer's response to his earlier remarks, and stated that the 
design was much improved and that the issues had been treated intelligently and with sensitivity. He spoke about the 
project's relationship to Cesar Chavez and suggested that the situation would be much improved if there was a better 
connection between the creek and the freeway. However he noted that this was a site planning issue beyond the 
objectives of the Committee. He concluded his comments by recommending more effective screening of the parking 
area. 

Commissioner Gatti also favored the industrial look of the prefabricated units and stated that they would relate well 
to the art piece. He approved of the varied levels in the landscaping plan and the transition between hardscape and 
softscape. He also liked the way that historical markers had been integrated into the plan. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about location of the wash structure. 

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restricted amount of space allowed little flexibility in the design. 

Commissioner Freebaim-Smith suggested that the wash building's awkward geometry could be overcome by 
employing a trapezoidal geometry. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that the main building's massing needed to be further refined and that its southern end 
should relate to the artwork more closely. 

The Committee agreed. 

Mr. Funghi agreed to revise the design and to bring the project back for joint phase 1 & 2 approval at a latter date. 

IV. San Francisco Downtown Pedestrian Signage Program 

Informational Presentation and Possible Motion for Phase 1,2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project to the Committee and explained that phase 3 was approved by the Committee in 
November 1999. She stated that funding issues had dictated a significant change in the design which involved a 
prefabricated unit. She noted that Civic Design staff had conducted a preliminary review of the proposal. 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, BOA DPW presented the revised design to the Committee. He provided a brief 
explanation of the project's history. The scope of the project was to develop a way finding system that could be used 
citywide. The first area to be focused upon included the 30 blocks bounded by Union Square, Civic Center and 
Yerba Buena Gardens. He explained that the design revisions were made in response to the costs associated with 
implementing a highly sophisticated custom made design. The design alternative consisted of a cheaper, more 
manageable and maintainable information system called ARCUS which is manufactured by Cornelius. He reported 
that the system had been used successfully throughout the US and Europe. The ARCUS system involves a family of 
interchangeable aluminum units with numerous mounting and graphics options. The surfaces could receive either 
screen printed or powder coated treatments. He proposed installing the units in the 30 block area that was previously 
identified to the Committee. He stated that DPW would maintain the signs. He provided a demonstration of how the 
components fitted together and how the maps would be installed. He noted that it is possible to separate the volumes 
and redirect the form towards their destination and that the central pole could be protected by a base plate. 

Ms. Gonchar asked about the color selection. 

Mr. Bigelow suggested using the dark blue and gold pallet previously approved by the Committee. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the talking sign technology was still considered part of the scope of work. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that it had been removed because of a lack of readily available technology. 

Commissioner Cochran was concerned that people would trip over the base plate. 

Mr. Bigelow assured the Committee that the design met all standard safety and ADA requirements. 

The Committee asked about the revised costs. 

Mr. Bigelow explained that costs were reduced considerably by eliminating the power supply that was required by 
the talking sign and illuminated components. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith described the original SOM design proposal as innovative and unique and was 
disappointed that it could not be implemented. He was concerned that the revised proposal would not be able to 
withstand graffiti and vandalism. He asked which city agency would be responsible for maintenance. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that DPW would be responsible for the entire maintenance program and reported that the 
product had proven successful in similar urban environments. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if they had considered developing a proposal with Decaux, as they had 
successfully provided similar services for the City in exchange for advertising. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that the funding precluded advertising. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the blue will be the same color as the light poles on Market Street, and said that 
another color scheme could provide a more interesting contrast. 

Mr. Bigelow stressed the need to provide a consistent color scheme that was immediately distinguishable to 
pedestrians. 

Commissioner Gatti agreed that is was disappointing not to see the SOM proposal carried through to completion. 
He was satisfied with the revised unit's modern design, however he was concerned that it would not be able to be 
distinguished from that of any other City. He agreed that it made sense to use the selection of colors previously 
approved by the Committee. He noted that he would consider using another shade of blue, providing it was a 
different blue to the poles on the Embarcadero. He asked if the dimensions were variable. 

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Mr. Bigelow replied that they were. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if other City departments had endorsed the product. 

Stephen Shotland, Planning, stated that the program would meet all the City standards and that it was an affordable 

design that had the potential to be implemented throughout the City. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if they had considered any other alternatives. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that there was a cheaper system under consideration that had been implemented in Philadelphia. 
The units consisted of a series of poles and clamps and since it was less expensive it could be implemented over a 
larger area. However, as it was more generic and less attractive. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that Decaux had developed several directional signage systems 

Mr. Bigelow replied that any Decaux products were automatically excluded as the grant funds could not be applied 
to any design with integral advertising. He stated that most of the grant's research funds had already been spent on 
developing the SOM proposal. However there were sufficient funds left to introduce this system as a pilot project. 
He stressed that there were no other City revenues available to research an alternate product. He noted that if the City 
chose not to implement the current proposal they would have to return the funds to the granting agency. He agreed 
that the proposal was not as sophisticated as the SOM design, however it was simple, cost effective and user friendly. 

Commissioner Gatti asked about the type of information to be included at each location. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that the specifics would be determined after assessing the results of the pilot project. 

Commissioner Gatti noted that SOM had provided a complete package, and that the system originally under 
consideration was similar to a Norman Foster project in London. He asked about the proposed width of the central 
pole. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that it was a 3 inch wide aluminum pole and that there was the option for a solid base extending 
down to grade. However, this could become an attractive skateboarding nuisance. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the finish. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that it would be powder coated. 

Commissioner Freebairn Smith asked about the mapping system. 

Mr. Bigelow said that this was yet to be determined and that they had the choice of either screen printing the map 
directly onto the surface, or installing printed reproductions behind a Plexiglas screen. He noted that the latter had 
the advantage of being updated and replaced, cheaply and easily. 

Commissioner Gatti suggested using a different color system for each district. 

Mr. Bigelow urged the Committee to settle on a set color scheme that could be used city wide. 

The Committee agreed to approve the project on the condition that the structure is solid blue with gold text, with the 
blue carried through to the base plate. 

Motion: to approve the San Francisco Downtown Pedestrian Signage Program 
Informational Presentation and Possible Motion for Phase 1,2 & 3. 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote for: Meyer, Cochran. Gatti 

Vote against: Freebairn-Smith 

V. Eureka Valley Recreation Center Addition 
Phase 1 & 2 

Ms. Gonchar revised the minutes from the project's previous approval in May and stated that Commissioner Meyer 
was bothered with the slope of the roof, and recommended that the additions be in keeping with the rest of the 
facility. 

Don Alameida, Project Architect, DPW BOA, reported that he only design change was to increase the slope of the 
roof. He said that the rest of the proposal, colors and materials were in keeping with the existing building's 60's style 
architecture. He presented a computer rendering of the proposal that indicated the additional structure. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there was community support for the project. 

Mr. Alameida replied that they had agreed to the floor plan and were happy with the proposal. 

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Motion to approve the Eureka Valley Recreation Center Addition, Phase 1 & 2. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

VI. United Nations Plaza 
Phase 1 

Judy Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW BOE presented the project to the Committee. She explained that the project 
was funded by a grant designed to increase pedestrian use of the site, to increase safety levels and to provide better 
orientation. She noted that United Nation's Plaza was difficult to address since it was built in 1970 and was subject 
to historic location preservation standards. The public had contributed to the concept development through studies 
conducted by the SFRA. Ms. Mosqueda concluded her opening remarks by stating that the $3000 of art enrichment 
generated by the project will be redirected to another location. 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE stated that the Farmer's Market that is held regularly on the site had 
provided the inspiration for the planting plan. The new gardens will be contained in square planters and with plants 
in band of colors to reference the rainbow flag. The planters will be protected by a 2 1/2 ft high fence which will be 
based on a simple cross brace design with an emblem at the intersecting area. He noted that the lighting around the 
plaza's perimeter presented the greatest problems. The additional lighting will include a simple globe previously 
approved by the Historic Preservation Review. The new light fixtures will provide a contrast to the existing square 
granite columns in the central promenade. Mr. Thomas presented the planting plan. 

Commissioner Cochran reviewed the plan and stated that some of the species would suffer in this type of 
environment. She asked for further information about the site's historic status. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the original project was installed in the 1970's and that any additional features needed to be 
consistent with the existing design conditions. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that the project could be better defined by the planting program. He appreciated the 
reference to the Farmer's Market, however San Francisco needed gardens that were more formal and elegant and that 
this type of application would be better suited to another location. 

Commission Cochran shared his concerns and suggested more formal plant choice that did not die back periodically. 
She noted that planting combinations were another important consideration. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith approved of the planting reference to the rainbow flag design in concept but was 
concerned that it would be imperceptible. 

Mr. Thomas replied that he would research plant types and growth patterns. 

Commissioner Gatti was concerned that the flag would be inappropriate for this location. 

Commissioner Cochran was also concerned that the lights possessed a more Beaux Arts than 1970's quality 

Mr. Thomas stated that all the existing pedestrian scale lights needed to be replaced. 

Commissioner Meyer cautioned that the fence would do little to keep people out. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed and described the fence's design as more Roman Revival than 1970's, and 
stated his general dislike of fences in public areas. He noted that the site's fountain and existing trees had suffered 
terrible abuse and was concerned that the fence's simple cross beams would also be damaged. 

Ms Mosque stated that the chemicals used to treat the fountain had impacted the growth of the surrounding trees. 

Commissioner Gatti suggested dramatic lighting elements. He was also uncomfortable with the plant materials. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the planters would be irrigated. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the existing system could be adapted with some minor modifications. 

Motion to approve United Nations Plaza, Phase 1 with the exclusion of the planting plan. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote for: Freebairn-Smith, Gatti 
Vote against: Meyer, Cochran 

Commissioner Meyer left the meeting at 5:45. 

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Commissioner Cochran thought that both the lights and fence were ill suited to the location. She asked if they were 
able to adopt the design of the existing lights in the promenade. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the new lights were chosen because of their simple geometry and that the existing lights had 
a limited public appeal. 

Commissioners Gatti and Cochran agreed that the project should contain a more interesting light fixture. 

Ms. Mosqueda explained that the historic preservation standards gave the lighting limited choices. She stressed the 
need to protect the planter beds and that the fence seemed the most practical way to do so. 

The design team agreed to revise the proposal and return to the Committee at a latter date. 

VII. South East Water Pollution Control Plant 

Building 860 Ventilation and Odor Improvements 
Phase 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner PUC introduced the project to the Committee and explained that it involved an expansion to the 
existing facility. He reported that the art enrichment funds generated by the project were being redirected to a fund 
for another project on site. 

Mark Dorian, Project Architect, DPW BOA explained that the modifications involved an extension to the existing 
sludge cake storage building. He noted that the project would better serve the community as the new enclosure 
around the sludge truck hauling area will significantly reduce odors spreading from the facility. The one story 
horizontal addition will be in keeping with the existing structure. 

As the project was relatively small and uncomplicated the Committee agreed to approve Phase 1, with Phase 2 & 3 
recommended to the Full Commission for approval under Committee Reports. 

Motion to approve the South East Water Pollution Control Plant 
Building 860 Ventilation and Odor Improvements 
Phase 1 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

Vffl. MUNI Metro East Facility 
Phase 2 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project and stated that Phase 1 approval had been granted in April 1999. 

John Fong, Project Manager, Muni provided a brief description of the location and explained that the design had 
developed in response to the Commissioner's comments at the last review. He reported that there were no changes to 
the building's massing and general architectural expression. He noted that the community had responded positively 
to the project. 

Rod Henmi, Project Architect , Kwan Henmi and Associates provided a brief summary of the scope of work and 
reported that the only changes involved switching the siding system over to vertical panels He stated that the building 
skin would be light silver, making it similar in appearance to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Performance 
Building. The accent color will be light blue. He noted that the change was relative to concerns about water retention 
in between the joints. In addition, the precast concrete will be changed to concrete masonry blocks as a cost saving 
measure. The CMU will be dark charcoal in color. Colored bands will be integrated into the car park asphalt. This 
will add a decorative element while assisting with traffic flow. All the glass wifi be clear excepting the Arctic Blue 
tinted glass used for the art work in the stair wells. Fences will be installed on four sides and will be constructed 
from charcoal gray wrought iron with a curved top. Street trees will be planted around the facility excluding Cesar 
Chavez which is narrower and will feature a planted strip instead. He produced a model of the proposed facility and 
identified the location of the public artwork. 

Ms. Gonchar described the artwork designed by Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa and explained that it 
consisted of two glass curtain walls with imagery based on actual MUNI archival blueprints. The images will be 
either painted or etched onto the glass. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the project was beautifully presented. He spoke about the need for Bay 
frontage improvements and how Cesar Chavez should be treated as a logical corridor onto the Bay. He asked about 
BCDC's involvement in the project. 

Roger Wong, Project Architect, DPW BOA replied that the project was outside of BCDC's jurisdiction. He noted 
that there was master concept plan in place to create a cul de sac at the end of Cesar Chavez. 

Commissioner Cochran complimented the design team for their effort. She noted that the materials were well chosen. 

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She suggested reviewing the street tress with the Friends of the Urban Forrest. She noted that the Carrotwood trees 
may not be appropriate for the location. However the Mellaucca and pepper trees were good choices. 

Motion to approve the MUNI Metro East Facility, Phase 2 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

EX. Japanese Tea Garden 
Administrative Phase 3 

Motion to approve the Japanese Tea Garden, Phase 3 
Motion: Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

X. Margaret Haywood Playground Improvements 
Administrative Phase 3 

Motion to approve the Margaret Haywood Playground Improvements, Phase 3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

XI. New Electric Trolley Coach Facility Modifications 
Administrative Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Motion to approve the New Electric Trolley Coach Facility Modifications, 
Phase 1, 2 & 3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

XII. Pac Bell Park MUNI Safety Railings 
Administrative Phase 3 

Motion to approve the Pac Bell Park MUNI Safety Railings 
Motion: Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

XIII. Adjournment 

The meting concluded at 6:45 p.m. 



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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. Email susan_gray@ci.sf.ca.us 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH AAAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT: PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



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I. UNION SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT 
FURNISHINGS PHASE 2 
OVERALL PLAN PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 excluding furnishings approved 4/17/00) 
Don Alamaeida, Project Manager, DP W BOA 

II. VISITATION VALLEY CLUB HOUSE 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 04/17/00) 

Don Alamaeida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

III. ZOO ENTRY VILLAGE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 11/15/99) 

Don Alamaeida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

IV. ZOO PANORAMIC CAFE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 11/15/99) 

Don Alamaeida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

V. CHILDREN'S ZOO & CONTACT YARD 
PHASE 1 & 2 

Don Alamaeida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

VI. ZOO WAREHOUSE & MAINTENANCE FACILITY 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 06/19/00) 

Don Alamaeida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 



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^Minutes 
The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn-Smith, Andrea Cochran, William Meyer 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, 

Staff absent: Susan Gray 

2. Union Square Improvements Project 
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Michael Fothingham, Project Architect, Phillips Fotheringham, distributed a booklet 
describing the site furnishings and plantings for the project. He explained that news 
racks are not included in the budget. 

Linda Mjellum, Co-Chair, Union Square Citizen's Advisory Committee said that once 
the City enacts the news rack ordinance the City will install the Adshel news racks 
and all the single news racks will be removed. 

Mr. Fothingham continued to present all the elements in the booklet. These included 
the drinking fountains which would be painted steel to match the buildings and the 
pottery planters, which have been designed to match the concrete paving. There will 
be eight large pots, two positioned at each of the four corners of Union Square. There 
will also be two large pots at the entry steps off Geary. All the pots will be irrigated. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the pots would be vandalized and 
that a stock of replacements should be warehoused. 

Mr. Fothingham agreed that warehousing some spare pots was a good idea, but was 
not sure if there would be enough funding. Mr. Fothingham continued to explain that 
the current palm trees would be relocated to other sites in the City and will be 
replaced with new palm trees that are of uniform height. He then went on to discuss 
the Parisian cafe chairs which are metal with wood slatted seats and backs. The 
material is abraded stainless steel. Mr. Fothingham pointed out that the trash 
receptacle included a recycling basket and that it was powdered coated in the color 
"Runway Silver" to match all the other elements such as the benches and cafe chairs. 

Commissioner Cochran requested a description of the planting plan. Mr. Fothingham 
presented the paving and planting diagram and explained that the pots would include 
changing and colorful annuals and perennials, that flax would be planted at the base 
of the palms. 

Commissioner Cochran was unimpressed with the handrail design and suggested that 
the team explore more interesting options. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the surrounding merchants, residents and 
public were happy with the design. 

Ms. Mjellum explained that not everyone was entirely happy, but that most of the 
interested parties are comfortable with the design. 

Both Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Meyer agreed with Commissioner Cochran 
that the handrails should receive a special and more interesting design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked whether budget constraints had impacted the 
material choices. 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, BOA DPW explained that the project was bid out 
with several alternatives. Base bid included precast concrete and vertical elements in 
granite; the 1st alternative specified the four corners and middle of the square in 
granite. (Mr. Alameida considered this the minimum alternative); 2nd alternative, the 
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buildings in granite. 

Motion to approve Union Square Improvements Project, Furnishings Phase 2 
with further study on the handrail to be presented at Phase 3. 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

3. Visitation Valley Clubhouse 
Phase 2 

Project Architect, Andy Maloney, BOA DPW, presented the project materials. The 
building facade is stucco, which will be hand-worked with tooled edges and no joints. 
The window and other wood trim will be painted black. Gutters and flashing will be 
cooper. The roof will be covered with black asphalt shingles. 

Commissioners Meyer, Freebairn-Smith and Cochran were pleased with the materials 
and color selections. 

Mr. Maloney said that he was committed to a rich landscape plan and that Recreation 
and Park was providing all the plant materials. 

Motion to approve Visitation Valley Club House, Phase 2 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

4. Zoo Entry Village 
Phase 2 & 3 

5. Zoo Panorama Cafe 
Phase 2 & 3 

John Atkin, Curator of Zoo Planning and Design provided a brief overview of the zoo 
project explaining that the zoo was built in the 1930s as part of the WPA with 
additions in the 1960s and 1980s. The Master Plan was ratified in 1995 with several 
objectives. The objectives are to make the entrance more accessible; improve visitor 
orientation; organize the collection to facilitate education regarding conservation; and 
preserve design integrity by acknowledging the coastal site. Planning and design have 
achieved these objectives by organizing the exhibits by geographic location, e.g. 
Africa, Asia, etc., as well as including special zoo exhibits for young children. The 
service structures would be designed as conventional and functional barns, while the 
buildings along Zoo Street such as the education building would employ a more 
formal approach referencing California coastal architecture exemplified by Julia 
Morgan. The service areas would be isolated in the south and not seen by visitors. 

Steven Winkle, Field Paoli Architects presented the Parking Lot, Entry Village and 
Panorama Cafe. The Parking Lot has been designed to include a series of mounds 
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trees with materials chosen in keeping with the trees and other vegetation. The 
buildings are sided with cedar shingles, which will be stained with a treatment to 
accelerate the natural aging process to brown. Zoo Street will be paved with red brick. 

Mr. Winkle presented the new design of the Panorama Cafe explaining that for 
budgetary reasons the building was reduced to one-story from two-stories. In the end 
the designers and Zoo staff found the redesign more appropriate in scale and many of 
the functions of the building were more effectively realized than in the initial design. 

Commissioner Meyer was pleased with the color choices and refinements made to the 
buildings in the Entry Village complex. Commission Meyer did not like the columns 
and overhang of the beams on the Panorama Cafe, preferring the stone columns and 
felt that the design requires further study. 

Mr. Winkle explained that the stone columns were deleted as a cost saving measure. 

Commissioner Meyer replied that he liked the robust stone columns in contrast to the 
fragility of the glass. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that a lot was lost in the redesign of the cafe. 
Commissioner Cochran had further questions regarding the height of the mounds in 
the parking lot and the locations of the trees. 

King Leong, landscape architect, of Kenkay Associates clarified that it was 48" box 
trees, not 48 trees. 

Mr. Winkle explained that the existing cypress trees would be retained. 

Commissioner Cochran was concerned that the current arrangement of mounds and 
trees would create a wind tunnel at the gate entry and asked if any wind studies had 
been done. 

Mr. Winkle responded that the Fleishacker Pool building provided the greatest 
windbreak. They didn't perform formal wind studies but had addressed the issue in a 
number of ways. 

Commissioner Cochran stressed that the effect of the wind needed to be studied 
sufficiently to avoid a wind runnel. 

Mr. Leong replied that Cypress trees flank Zoo Street and will be trimmed to 6' high. 
Existing Cypress are higher than this hedge of Cypress which will dissipate the wind, 
but not eliminate it entirely. 

Commissioner Cochran was pleased with the serpentine path but did not like the brick 
path coming right up to the retaining walls and suggested that some type of edging 
would make a better transition. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed with Commissioner Cochran regarding the 
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that planting several rows of Cypress along the Great Highway and then more 
sparsely nearing the entrance gate would keep the wind high thus not effecting 
visitors. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was pleased to hear that the public will not see the 
service areas in the south. He asked how service vehicles would get to the Panorama 
Cafe. Mr. Atkin replied that a service road crossed a small public area but that the 
deliveries would be made to the cafe before and after hours. Commissioner Freebairn- 
Smith noted that the richness of the original roof of the Panorama Cafe was more 
sculptural and related more closely to Craftsman elements. 

Motion to approve the Zoo Entry Village, Phases 2 & 3 . 

Motion: Commissioner Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

There was no action on the Panorama Cafe. 

Children's Zoo and Contact Yard 
Phase 1 & 2 

Mr. Atkin presented the Children's' Zoo and explained that the existing Children's 
Zoo and Contact yard was adjacent to a pond that confines both the kids and the 
animals without sacrificing visual openness. The new Children's' Zoo will provide for 
larger farm stock for older kids, as well as providing an area for kids under four. The 
barn employs muted colors with green stained siding, cooper down spouts and black 
asphalt shingles for the roof. The accent trim is burgundy with a gray concrete base. 
The hayloft will be used for storage of hay, which will be hoisted up by a mechanical 
hoist. Kids will be able to operate the hoist. 

Commissioner Meyer asked why there was no windows and natural light. 

Mr. Atkin replied that all the stables have Dutch doors and will be open much of the 
time providing natural light. The barn doors are open all the time so the animals are 
free to go in and out all day and night. 

Commissioner Cochran thought that the building was fine and liked the green stain 
for the siding but objected to the mauve trim color. 

Mr. Atkin said that he would bring a palette of the existing barns within the site lines 
of the new barn to the next committee meeting. 

Motion to approve the Children's Zoo and Contact Yard, Phase 1 

Motion: Commissioner Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 



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Phase 2 & 3 

Russ Meyer, GEZ Architects Engineers presented the project. He explained that due 
to funding the administration building had been eliminated. The dormers didn't work 
with the roof slope and so had been changed. The two dormers are evenly spaced. 
The roof is gray corrugated cement board. Cement board will also be used for the 
siding with dark gray for the base and a light beige for the siding above. Gutters, 
down spouts and flashing will be painted white. As a cost saving measure the 
building may be shortened resulting in the dormers getting closer. This option is an 
add alternative. 

Commissioner Cochran thought that the materials were very nice and suitable to the 
building architecture. 

Commissioner Meyer also was in favor of the materials and building. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed regarding the materials but preferred a flatter, 
more contemporary roof. He expressed concern regarding reductions to the budget. 

Mr. Atkin explained that the reallocation of funds to the care of the animals resulted 
in budget cuts. 

Motion to approve the Zoo Warehouse & Maintenance Facility, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Commissioner Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

Zoo Lemur Forest 
Phase 1 

Mr. Atkin presented the project explaining that the Zoo had one of the largest Lemur 
exhibits. Lemurs originate in Madagascar and the San Francisco Zoo coordinates the 
international conservation effort. The Lemur Forest exhibit is a board walk through 
the trees spanning the distance from the Panorama Cafe to the upper level of the 
Primate Discovery Center facility. The Lemurs are contained by a 14-foot wide moat 
and tall trees with a wire fence with a line of hot wire at the very top. The wood 
walkway has a copper and metal railing. Mr. Atkin explained that he was not pleased 
with the materials selection and will return with alternate materials in Phase 2. A 
concrete block building is sunk underneath a portion of the walkway housing the care 
and maintenance operations for the Lemur exhibit. The building is designed to be 
concealed by landscaping. 

Commissioner Meyer thought that the design was fine. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the concrete building would be 
visible and cautioned the designers to make sure that the building was concealed. 

Motion to approve the Zoo Lemur Forest Exhibit, Phase 1 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT: PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
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I. TREAT & 23rd NEW CLUBHOUSE PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Don Alameida DPW BOA 

II. UNITED NATIONS PLAZA IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 & 2 

(Phase 1 reviewed 09/18/00) 

Judi Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW BOE 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect , DPW BOE 

III. 911 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER STAGE 3 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 03/20/00) 

Paul Travis, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

IV ZOO PANORAMIC CAFE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 11/15/99) 

(Phase 2 & 3 reviewed 10/16/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

V CHILDREN'S ZOO & CONTACT YARD 
PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 10/16/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

VI. ZOO LEMUR FORREST EXHIBIT 
PHASE 2 & 3 



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(Phase 1 approved 10/16/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

VII PERFORMING ARTS GARAGE: CAFE ALLEGRO AWNINGS 
MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 APPROVAL 

Rosie Scott, Office Manager, DPT 

VIII. POTRERO HEIGHTS CHLORINE STATION PROJECT 

MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 APPROVAL 

Jackie Cho, Water Quality Bureau, PUC 

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^Minutes 
The meeting commenced at 3:15 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn- Smith, Andrea Cochran, William Meyer 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2. TREAT & 23rd NEW CLUBHOUSE PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Don Alameida, Project Manager DPW BOA, introduced the project to the Committee 
and explained that he was acting as project manager as well as project architect. He 
stated that the scope of work included a new park as well as the clubhouse. 

John Thomas, Landscape Architect DPW BOE described the park's design. He 
explained that Recreation and Park had carefully planned the project as the soils 
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ornamental fence that will sit on top of a seating wall. Ramps will be provided at the 
entry points. Planting will occur diagonally, parallel to the north edge. This will help 
create a buffer between the park and the adjacent commercial buildings. He noted that 
they were able to relocate the underground utilities from 23rd Street to an area under 
Folsom as part of a separate DPW project. Street trees will be planted along Treat 
Street as it has a more residential character. The clubhouse will have five major 
programming elements, including a community building, courtyard, two play areas, a 
community garden and a small pavilion/ stage. He reported that the project would 
generate $25,000 in art enrichment. The clubhouse will occupy 1,200 sq. fit of space 
with 500 sq. ft devoted to assembly space. The kitchen, storage, staff area, director's 
office and restrooms will occupy the remainder. He explained that the restrooms will 
be accessible to the public when the rest of the facility was closed. The southern wall 
will be predominately glass. The north wall will have no fenestration as it adjoins a 
more industrial area. The clubhouse's exterior walls will be stucco and the roof will 
be metal. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the slope of the roof 

Mr. Alameida replied that it the slope will run perpendicular to 23rd. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the drawings indicated a roof with an over hang. 

Mr. Alameida replied that the roof ended in a trellis canopy. 

Commissioner Cochran was impressed with the project. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the project addressed the community's needs. 

Mr. Newirth arrived at 3:30 p.m. 

Mr. Alameida replied that the community had requested a director's office for the 
administrative requirements of any special programs that maybe offered by the 
facility. The office provides views onto the tot and school age play areas. He 
explained that the courtyard doubled as an assembly area and that it will be an 
indoor/outdoor space. He concluded his presentation by stating that the Jose 
Coronado playground was a similar type of project. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the facility will accommodate visitors 
comfortably. 

Mr. Thomas replied that seating and tables will be provided around the play areas 
with boundary walls doubling additional seating. He noted that building's orientation 
maximized wind protection. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stressed that the project's success relied on the 
facility's ability to cater to the needs of parents. He asked if the planter beds would be 
irrigated and who would be responsible for their maintenance. 

Mr. Thomas replied that they will be the responsibility of Recreation and Park. He 
noted that the level of the planter beds had been raised to above grade in order to 
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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith felt that the building's division into smaller units 
seemed awkward and that the restrooms would be better integrated into the main 
assembly building. 

Commissioner Meyer described the building as a smart, elegant, energy conscious 
solution to a difficult triangular lot. He asked for more information about the nature 
of the canopy. 

Mr. Alameida stated that the canopy could be made more decorative. 

Commissioner Meyer noted that the canopy was necessary as it provided additional 
shading. 

Motion to approve the Treat and 23rd New Clubhouse Project, Phase 1 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

UNITED NATIONS PLAZA IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 & 2 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project to the Committee and explained that Phase 1 was 
reviewed at the September meeting. She stated that the Commissioners had withheld 
approval as they had reservations regarding the planting plan and the planter bed 
fences. 

Judi Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW BOE explained that the revised design 
responded to the Commissioner's concerns. 

Mr. Thomas presented the revisions and reported that the planting specifications had 
been simplified to fewer species. The planting will now be arranged in alternating 
stripes, maintaining an emphasis on plants with a grassy character. The lights had 
been simplified to a straight pole. Mr. Thomas stressed that maintenance staff had 
requested that the fencing be maintained in the proposal as it will help protect the 
planter beds. The fences will have a simple diagonal cross bar design with the United 
nations emblem featured at the center. 

Commissioner Meyer objected to the fencing and stated that he would prefer to see 
the beds unfenced, however he deferred the final recommendation to maintenance 
staff. He was comfortable with the revised planting plan but he questioned the 
lighting design. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if they had considered an alternative fencing design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was generally comfortable with the lighting. He 
asked if Halprin's light columns would remain, as they had always been a 
controversial part of the plaza. He shared Commissioner Meyer's concerns that the 
fence will appear alienating. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the light columns would remain and that he had discussed 
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the beds were originally intended to be appreciated visually rather than recreationally. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if raising the planter beds would eliminate the need for 
fencing. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the fences were a more transparent and effective solution. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the plaza's trees. 

Mr. Thomas replied that they were originally intended to be Lombardi poplars, 
however the surviving trees will be difficult to salvage as they had suffered badly 
from the chemicals needed to purify the fountain water. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if they could be replanted. 

Mr. Thomas replied that they could be reintroduced but they were unlikely to survive. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith described the site's geometry as awkward and 
suggested that the axis between Market Street and City Hall would benefit from 
further study. 

Commissioner Cochran recommended consulting an arborist to find a more robust 
species. 

Mr. Thomas replied that this could be considered in future stage of the plaza's 
redevelopment. However, he explained that screening areas with more trees could 
present a security problem. 

Commissioner Cochran asked for more information about the lighting program. 

Mr. Thomas replied that all the lights would be replaced excluding the Halprin 
columns. He noted that most of the plaza was under illuminated. 

Commissioner Cochran was impressed with the revised planting plan. She was 
uncomfortable with the fence design as it was Beaux Arts influenced and failed to tie 
into the plaza's seventies character. However she concluded her comments by stating 
that she understood that the area would be quickly degraded without fencing. 

Motion to approve the United Nations Plaza Improvements, Phase 1 & 2. 
Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

911 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER STAGE 3 
PHASE 2 

Ms. Gonchar explained that Phase 1 had been approved in March. 

Paul Travis, Project Architect, DPW BOA explained that the garage and rooftop 
plaza would be located between the new 911 Emergency Communications Center and 
the original center. He noted that the original facility will be converted into a 
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Ed Chen, Landscape Architect DPW BOE described that the proposal for the plaza 
would provide a multi purpose space that will cater to the needs of the new 
community center. A stage will be included on the plaza's western edge to be used for 
job fairs, rallies and performances. The southern edge will feature a balcony 
providing views onto the playground, City Hall and Twin Peaks. The furnishings will 
have a modern curvilinear form. Bamboo will be planted around the plaza perimeter. 
Maples located in circular planters in the center will allow sunlight into the plaza in 
winter. Additional planter beds will include camellias, ferns and lillies which will 
provide a variety of colors and textures. 

Tonia Macneil. Project Manager, Public Art reported that three artist finalists had 
been selected to present proposals in January. She noted that there was the 
opportunity to incorporate artwork into the gates and paving. 

Mr. Travis stated that the paving patterns were yet to be determined in order to 
accommodate the artist's proposal if so required. He also noted that a small space 
between the new center and the plaza would be bounded by a simple grill fence as a 
base isolator safety requirement for the new facility. 

Commissioner Cochran approved of the furnishings and lighting elements. She liked 
the planting palette and especially liked the bamboo, however she felt that the pinks 
and blues would complicate the predominantly yellow color scheme. She expressed 
her concerns that the overall approach to the plaza footprint did not compliment the 
adjacent architecture and suggested that rectilinear rather than curved forms would be 
more appropriate. Commissioner Cochran also suggested that the planters and trees 
would be better directed to the edges where they would not interfere with views to the 
stage. 

Mr. Travis replied that they had attempted to accommodate the site's grade changes 
and different programmatic uses. He noted that the community center's entrance faced 
the inside of the plaza and that this area is at a significantly lower level. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that regardless of this consideration the space was too 
cluttered and suggested a less convoluted approach. 

Mr. Travis explained that the curves would help comfortably define the space. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed his concern that the City's open space was 
being given over to the built environment. He stated that he would like to see the 
community center demolished and reestablished elsewhere in order to free up the 
space. 

Mr. Travis replied that the community wanted the community center at that exact 
location. He agreed that it would be better located elsewhere and that the design was 
intended to make the best of a bad situation. He noted that the plaza / community 
center area had to retain a very separate operations. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed his concerns that the plaza may be under 
utilized if it does not cater to the needs of the community center. He noted that he felt 
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comfortable and inviting character. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there were plans to open up the community 
center's facade facing the plaza. 

Mr. Travis replied that some of the classrooms and balcony facades may be able to be 
opened up. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed with Commissioner Cochran that the plaza needed to 
demonstrate a stronger relationship to the existing architecture. He agreed that the 
planter beds conflicted with the position of the stage and that there was no need to 
divide the plaza into two sections. He described the planting palette as elegant and 
especially liked the contrast between the bamboo and the maple. He suggested that 
movable planters would make better use of the space. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the programming objectives included 
services to the adjacent affordable housing units. 

Mr. Travis replied that the plaza would be an adjunct to their new community center. 

The Committee agreed that the design could appear more integrated into the adjacent 
architecture with the use of more rectilinear forms and a stronger geometry. They also 
felt that it should be less confined and cluttered, and more connected to the street and 
the new community facility. 

No motion was passed. 

5. ZOO PANORAMA CAFE 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project to the Committee and reported that 
Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Cochran had reviewed the design revisions at a 
previous meeting with the architects. 

Steve Winkle, Associate Architect, Field Paoli Architects presented the revised 
design. He identified two major design considerations, including the way in which the 
roof was stepped and the relationship between the massing of the fenestration and the 
structural columns. He explained that they had tried to to create a more Victorian 
character by dividing the roof into sections of black asphalt shingles that will 
terminate in a copper band. 

Ed Tanka, Project Architect, Field Paoli Architects provided two options for the 
columns. One was a simple slender vertical pole, while the alternative had larger built 
up columns. 

Mr. Winkle noted that the larger columns would add interest to the design, however 
they would not improve the structure's stability and would add considerable cost to 
the project. He was also concerned that they would look superfluous. 

Commissioner Meyer preferred the larger columns as they provided a contrast to the 
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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the roof was much improved by the 
stepping. He preferred the bulkier columns but felt that the smaller columns did the 
building better justice. 

Commissioner Cochran preferred the smaller columns. 

The Committee agreed to approve the smaller columns. 

Motion to approve the Zoo Panorama Cafe, Phase 2 & 3 
Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

6 CHILDREN'S ZOO & CONTACT YARD 

PHASE 2 & 3 

John Aiken, Curator of Zoo Planning and Design discussed the reevaluated color 
scheme. 

Caroline Kreiser, Project Architect, Jones and Jones, stated that she had selected 
bolder colors as children are generally drawn to primary colors. Each of the barns will 
be painted a different color which will help identify their different uses. Each barn 
will feature red as an accent color while each roof will have slate blue shingles and 
copper piping. All the CMU bases will be tan which will help hide any dirt marks. 
The fencing will be constructed from black pressure treated 2" x 4" and 4" x 6" 
wooden posts. She explained that this material will weather to a warm brown color. 
She concluded her comments by stating that the brighter palette will also help define 
the buildings during periods of fog. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the specification of surfaces was an 
important aspect of the project and recommended that paving be treated as a priority. 
He asked if there would be adequate drainage along the walkways. 

Mr. Aiken stated that each aspect of the children's zoo had been taken seriously by 
the design team as that they aimed to provide a unique and stimulating experience for 
children visiting the zoo. He assured the Committee that the area included both paved 
and sealed walking surfaces. He also noted that the scope of work also included a 
directional graphics program. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested a wider gauge for the wooden posts, as he 
was concerned that the current specification would not be robust enough. 

Commissioner Cochran asked for more information about the fencing. 

Mr. Aiken replied that it would have metal reinforcement. 

Commissioner Cochran was concerned that children would get splinter infections 
from the chemically treated wood. 

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Commissioner Cochran asked if they had considered using recycled plastic wood as 
an alternative as it was equally economical, much safer and has a similar appearance. 

Mr. Aiken reported that they had used the material in other sections of the zoo and 
that it had been used without incident. He stated that the product may be available in 
a smoother finish. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the colors represented were true. She was concerned 
that the tan was too beige and fleshy and that the yellow could be much brighter. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed that the palette could be more playful and that it needed 
greater amplification. He was particularly concerned that the tan was too mundane. 

Mr. Aiken stated that they had selected colors that would be less likely to show 
mildew and dirt. 

Motion to approve the Children Zoo and Contact Yard for Phase 2 & 3 with the 
contingency that a revised color scheme is presented to the Committee prior to 
the next Full Commission meeting on December 4. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

7. ZOO LEMUR FORREST EXHIBIT 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Mr. Aiken presented the project and explained that the boardwalk had been slightly 
reconfigured in order to better accommodate the moat around the exhibit. 

Ms. Kreiser presented the materials palette to the Committee. She stated that the 
fencing material will be constructed from stainless steel mesh and pressure treated 
wood, with a recycled plastic product considered as an alternative. The hand rail will 
be stainless steel painted pale sage green. The lemur holding building will be dark 
gray which will help camouflage the building. The access doors at the rear of the 
building will not be visible to the public and will be painted red. The down pipes will 
be copper. Clear acrylic sheeting will be used for the roof. 

Commissioner Freebairn -Smith was concerned about the durability of the acrylic. 

Mr. Aiken replied that it had been used on other test projects on the south side of the 
facility and that they were pleased with the result. He noted that the material was 
relatively inexpensive and that it would not be a problem to replace it periodically. 

Motion to approve the Zoo Lemur Forrest Exhibit, Phase 2 & 3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

8. PERFORMING ARTS GARAGE: CAFE ALLEGRO AWNINGS 
MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 APPROVAL 

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the cafe entrance and that Commissioner Freebairn-Smith had reviewed the submittal 
materials. She noted that the project was not eligible for art enrichment as it was 
privately funded, however DPT had agreed to do the project on the condition that 
lighting be installed to help illuminate the sculptures on the side of the building. 

Commissioners requested additional information regarding elevations, colors and 
materials. 

Motion to approve the performing Arts Garage: Cafe Allegro Awnings for 
administrative Phase 1,2 & 3 approval with the contingency that more 
information about the elevations, colors and materials be submitted to the 
Committee prior to next Full Commission meeting on December 4. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

POTRERO HEIGHTS CHLORINE STATION PROJECT 
MOTION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 APPROVAL 

Ms. Gonchar stated that the project involved replacing an existing small wooden shed 
with a prefabricated fiberglass structure. She explained that the structure will be 
located on the interior of the facility and will not be visible to the public. She 
presented two fiberglass color choices, and the Committee agreed that the of white 
color was more suitable than that the tan. 

Motion to approve the Potrero Heights Chlorine Station Project for 
Administrative Phase 1, 2 & 3 approval. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 



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Monday December 18, 2000 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 240 

San Francisco 94102 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I. 911 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER STAGE 3 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 reviewed 1 1/20/00) 

Paul Travis, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

II. UNION SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 10/16/00) 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn-Smith, Andrea Cochran, William Meyer, 
Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2 911 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER STAGE 3 
PHASE 2 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission, summarized the Commissioners' 
comments from the November meeting. She stated that Commissioner Cochran was 
particularly concerned that the design was too rectilinear and needed to better relate 
to the existing architecture. She reported that Commissioner Cochran and Arts 
Commission staff had since met with Ed Chen, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE and 
had reviewed the modified design. 

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Committee. He reported that Mr. Chen had completely redesigned the plaza in order 
to address Commissioner Cochran's issues and concerns. These changes included 
opening up the plaza and making it appear more integrated into the adjacent 
architecture. The area adjoining the community center will now open up into a simple 
courtyard, while the main space will occupy a long sweeping arch that would dip 
towards the stage area. Mr. Travis noted that the form was based on arcs articulated in 
the new 911 center's design. He concluded his comments by stating that the planting 
plan had been simplified to green and yellow tones. 

Commissioner Gatti asked Commissioner Cochran to summarize her comments from 
the last meeting. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that she had suggested a less complicated and 
curvilinear design. She stated that the design was much improved, however she did 
not approve of the tree retained immediately in the front of the community center and 
asked about the rationale for keeping it. 

Mr. Travis replied that they anticipated two access points into the community center 
and that the tree would subtly divide the space into entry and recess areas. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that his comments at the last meeting had concurred with 
those of Commissioner Cochran and that the felt the changes were a vast 
improvement. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed that the revisions better addressed the needs of 
the community center. 

Mr. Travis acknowledged the local community's effort to lobby for funding for the 
center. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was happy with the plaza's reconfiguration, but 
suggested that the architects that designed the new 911 building should have been 
consulted before embarking on the plaza's design and noted that the handicap ramp 
and stairwell access to the playing fields would better serve the community. 
Commissioner Freebairn-Smith concluded his comments by stating that he realized 
that the the stairs and ramp would add considerable cost to the project and would also 
compromise the amount of available play space. 

Mr. Travis agreed that site accessibility could be improved, but stressed that they 
were working within a restricted budget. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if concrete samples could be provided. 

Mr. Travis replied that they had left this detail open in case the project's artist wanted 
to integrate a motif. He stated that the default color was light gray. 

Tonia MacNeil, Project Manager, Public Art Program, noted that the banded paving 
detail may change with the inclusion of the artwork. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked Commissioner Cochran if she was comfortable 
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Commissioner Cochran replied that she was pleased that the design had retained the 
Japanese maple and bamboo. 

Motion to approve the 911 Emergency Communications Center Stage 3, Phase 2. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 



UNION SQUARE IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 3 

Ms. Gonchar provided a summary of the previous minutes, and explained that the 
discussion had focused on the lighting plan and furnishings. 

Don Alameida presented copies of the final specifications to the Committee. He 
explained that the design process had developed over a three year period and that the 
Civic Design Review Committee had contributed enormously to what he anticipated 
to be a successful project. He stated that the components in the specifications were in 
keeping with the Committee's recommendations and noted the addition of a 
redesigned hand rail. He concluded his comments by stating that the only element left 
to be determined was the type precast concrete. 

Richard Hillis, Mayors Office, explained that the project will be funded by bonds 
issued the Uptown Parking Corporation. He noted that the ground breaking ceremony 
was scheduled for December 28. 

Mr. Alamedia reported that construction was scheduled to commence in January and 
would take between 16-18 months. 

Linda Mjellum, Co-Chair, Union Square Citizen's Advisory Committee, reported that 
they had commissioned a special barricade to place around the construction site. She 
explained that it will display detailed information about the project and the site's 
history. She noted that they were also developing a website that would provide full 
video coverage of the construction. 

Jim Chappell, Co-Chair, Union Square Citizen's Advisory Committee provided a 
brief summary of the design selection process and explained how the project was 
awarded the 1996 San Francisco Prize. He stated that the final design was true to the 
original proposals intentions and thanked the Committee for their counsel. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that the design was the result of a well 
managed public process and that he understood the complexities of the site. He stated 
that the Committee was willing to assist with lobbying for additional funding to 
complete the project as designed. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated the design had much improved from the 
original concept. He thanked the design team for the opportunity to contribute to a 
rewarding collaboration. 

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The landscape design team replied that they would be clustered in warm colors on 
one side of the plaza and cool colors on the other. 

Commissioner Gatti was impressed with the smooth process by which the design was 
executed. He stated that it was exciting to look forward to such a significant change to 
the City. He noted that he liked the idea of the barricade around the site and suggested 
that it may need to be updated during the lengthy construction period. 

Motion to approve the Union Square Improvements Project, Phase 3. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

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Monday, January 22, 2001 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 240 

San Francisco 94102 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be 
advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, 
pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Public comment regarding specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



I. 4TH STREET BRIDGE SEISMIC UPGRADE 
PHASE 1 , 2 & 3 

Saed Toloui, Project Manager, BOE DPW 



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II JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA STAIRCASE 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Bob Mac Donald, Park Planner, Recreation and Park 
Brad Tardy, Construction Manager, Boston Properties 

III. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 09/12/00) 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager BOA DPW 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnership 

IV. ST MARY'S SQUARE RESTROOMS 
PHASE 1 

Dan Mauer, Project Manager, Recreation and Park 
Allan Ward Project Architect, BOA DPW 



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V. MUNI ISLAIS CREEK 
PHASE 1 

(Phase 1 reviewed 09/18/00) 

John Funghi, Project Manager, MUNI 

Robyn Chaing, Project Architect 

VI. MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 05/23/00) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus Architects 

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The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 
I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn-Smith, Andrea Cochran, William Meyer 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 



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II. 4th STREET BRIDGE EQUIPMENT MODULE 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission, opened the meeting. 

Bob Nist, Project Manager, DPW BOA, introduced the project to the Committee and explained that it involved replacing a 
small wooden building with a prefabricated structure. He stated that the project was a small component of the bridge's seismic 
upgrade, which was being completed in preparation for MUNI's new light rail system. He proposed a simple design for the 
module to avoid bringing unnecessary attention to it. The surfaces will be stucco or concrete using the same color as the 
existing structure. The design and location of the grills and doors were yet to be determined. 

Saed Touloui, Project Manager, DPW BOE, showed the elevations and site context. 

Mr. Nist explained that the seismic upgrade included replacing the counterweight housed below the bridge. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the replacement module needed to be fenced. 

Mr. Nist replied that it was not necessary and recommended keeping the module as simple as possible. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the module's function. 

Mr. Nist replied that it contained a generator and electrical equipment. 

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Mr. Nist confirmed that it needed to be contained in a secure environment. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the detailing of the grills, doors and roof. 

Mr. Nist replied that they were likely to be retained in the same positions at the rear of the structure. The roof could be 
pitched if required. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith suggested that the Mission Bay redevelopment would be better served if the module were 
relocated under the bridge in the vault where the counter weight is housed. 

Mr. Nist replied that there was insufficient room in the vault. 

The Commissioners agreed that the design team should explore relocating the module to less prominent location. If this was 
not possible it should be made to appear as an integral part of the bridge. 

III. JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA STAIRCASE 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Robert MacDonald, Park Planner, Recreation and Park provided a brief summary of the project's history and explained that 
the scope of work involved modifications to the Embarcadero Center. He reported that the Redevelopment Agency had 
reviewed the project and that the staircase was the only component subject to Civic Design approval. 

Steve O'Brien, Associate Partner, SOM, stated that the project intended to enhance the appearance of the center, create a 
greater relationship with Justin Herman and Ferry Building plazas and to maximize the Embarcadero's commercial axis. The 
staircase proposal involved demolishing the existing staircase and replacing it with a less bulky, single story structure. The 
steps will span from a central platform into two curved symmetrical sections with 'Embarcadero' signage across the top. The 
steps will be concrete while the banisters will be glass. The fascia , lettering and banister railings will be brushed stainless 
steel. 

Mr. MacDonald stated that Recreation and Park's approval was contingent on Civic Design approval. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was impressed with the proposal. He asked if the design could better accommodate events 
and performances in the plaza. 

Mr. O'Brien replied that the staircase's central platform was in close proximity to the plaza and could be used as an informal 
stage. It will also provide greater access to the terraces behind the plaza. 

Brad Tardy, Project Manager, Boston Properties confirmed that the stairs could also be used as seating during events in the 
plaza. 

Mr. O'Brien explained that they were specifying a modest lighting system that would not create an imposing structure. 

Commissioner Meyer was concerned that the signage element would look like unnecessary advertising, and that the structure 
would appear more elegant without it. 

Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Cochran liked the lettering and recommended that it be retained. 

Mr. O'Brien said that the text would be relatively small in scale and that the whole structure would be no more than 38 ft high. 

Commissioner Freebairn Smith asked about the paving surface at the base of the stairwell. 

Mr. O'Brien replied that it would be aggregate. 

Commissioner Meyer recommended expanding the size of the central platform. 

Mr. O'Brien said that he would explore the idea, however the curved cantilevered glass banisters had special structural 
requirements. 

The Committee agreed to approve the project, noting that they preferred not to do joint Phase 1, 2 & 3 approvals on 
large-scale projects. 

Motion to approve the Justin Herman Plaza Staircase, Phase 1, 2 & 3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

W. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 2 

Ms. Gonchar summarized the Commissioners' comments from the project's Phase 1 approval last September. She stated that 
the Commissioners were pleased with the design and that their comments had addressed general site planning issues and the 
entry. She reported that Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Cochran had informally reviewed the preliminary Phase 2 
proposal in early January. 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA introduced the Phase 2 proposal and reported that the A & E team were at 90% 
design development. He stated that he aimed to put the project out to bid in August and commence construction in November. 

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He acknowledged the local community's support of the project. 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnership identified how the site's steep slope had impacted the massing, facade and 
landscaping. He presented the developed designs for the public entrance and explained that the lobby needed to operate as a 
gateway to the courts, probation, chapel and visitation, as well as the secure area. The existing entrance will be reconfigured as 
the main exit and will be connected to the street by a ramp. A bridge will connect the existing facility and the addition. The 
street front landscaping will be contained within concrete retaining walls. The sally port entrance will be located within the 
secure area at the rear of the facility. He then presented the elevations for the housing units and explained that the circulation 
flow operated between the day rooms, gym, education, chapel and visitation areas. The southwest elevation will face the ocean. 
The west elevation will be screened by a landscaped berm and will appear as a natural continuation of the adjacent greenery. 
The primary building materials were selected for security and maintenance reasons and will include steel, granite, concrete 
block and glass. The lavender, gray and sage color scheme was derived from hues present in the granite found in a nearby 
quarry. Mr. Ryan noted that this particular granite had been used extensively throughout the local streetscape. Integral color 
will be applied to the concrete areas allowing the color to extend into the interior spaces. He explained that darker tones would 
minimize the building's visual impact, so that it will appear to recede unobtrusively into the hillside. Smooth and split face 
block will be used to create variations in color and texture. The glazing system will contain a laminated film that will help 
insulate the building. The glass will be green and may feature sandblasted imagery. 

Commissioner Cochran was impressed with the design. She was concerned that the proposed shade of lavender could appear 
dull and gloomy, as the location tended to be dark and foggy. She suggested that they assess the color scheme on a model 
facade. 

Mr. Ryan agreed that the lavender was a difficult color to utilize and that alternate red and blue shades were being researched. 
He continued his presentation stating that he was concerned that the retaining walls would make the entrance appear too 
severe. He explained that the cantilevered balcony, staircase enclosure and landscaping would help break up the expanse. 

Catherine Drinkhouse, Landscape Architect, Pat O'Brien Landscape Architects explained that the entrance planter beds will 
contain ornamental grasses, shrubs and smaller eucalyptus. She specified hardy species for the outer areas that could 
withstand the wind, poor soil conditions and limited maintenance program. This planting scheme will be based on the existing 
landscaping and will include cypress, pine and eucalyptus. The sloping meadow surrounding the facility needs to be kept 
open for security reasons and will be hydroseeded with a creeping ground cover. The car park would be screened with trees 
for security reasons. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith congratulated the design team. He stated that he understood the site's challenges and felt that 
the design provided carefully considered solutions. He recommended further study of the entrance meeting areas as they 
could better serve the programming requirements and interact more with the streetscape. He agreed with Commissioner 
Cochran's concerns that the color scheme could appear oppressive and cautioned that lighter colors were more vulnerable to 
pollutants. He agreed that integral color was most appropriate color application for this type of facility. 

Commissioner Meyer applauded the design team for their efforts. He was impressed with the playful arrangement of block 
and fenestration around the day rooms. He suggested a more open entrance facade and was especially concerned that the 
entrance's concrete staircase enclosure looked like a surveillance booth. He agreed that the color scheme required further 
study and that they should consider an alternate to the lavender. 

Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Cochran thought that the staircase enclosure should be retained as it added interest. 

The Commissioners agreed that the elements requiring further study included the color scheme, signage, entrance, entrance 
glazing, exterior plaza and retaining walls. 

Mr. Bigelow agreed that these areas needed to be better addressed and that the Commissioner's comments would be 
incorporated into the design. The revisions will be presented at the February meeting. 

V. ST. MARYS PLAZA RESTROOMS 
PHASE 1 

Dan Mauer, Park Planner, Recreation and Park introduced the project and explained that the restrooms would be located in 
small park on top of a parking structure, located between Pine and California at Quincy. 

Alan Ward, Project Architect, DPW BOA presented the proposal to the Committee. He explained that the park was renovated 
in 1993 and that the existing restrooms were inadequate and in a location that was unsafe and divided the space. The new 
restrooms will have curved louvres and a green metal roof, in keeping with the colors and finishes on the adjacent building. 
The doors will be red terra-cotta with dark brown trims. The walls will be either cream stucco or brick veneer. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith requested that more detailed information regarding the elevations to be presented at Phase 2. 
He stressed the need to activate the facade on Pine Street. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested improving the facade by incorporating planter boxes into the top of the wall. 

Commissioner Cochran suggested researching an alternate color for the terra-cotta doors. She also felt that the stucco walls 
looked cheap and impermanent and needed further study. 

Ms. Gonchar asked if the rest room design represented a standard that was to be used throughout all Recreation and Park 
projects. 

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The Commissioners agreed to approve the project's massing, however requested enhancing the elevation on Pine and further 
study of the stucco and detailing. 

Motion to approve St. Mary's Plaza restrooms, Phase 1. 
Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

VI. MUNI ISLAIS CREEK 
Phase 1 

John Funghi, Project Manager, MUNI introduced the project and explained that the design had been revised in response to 
the Commissioners' comments at the review last September. 

Robin Chaing, Project Architect, Robin Chaing and Associates, reported that the Port had pledged funds to restore the old 
cobra crane and that this additional work would complement the rest of the site improvements. He described how the revised 
design utilized the saw tooth canopy design and that this option was more progressive than the alternate presented at the last 
review. He noted that the additional north facing windows in the current proposal will provide considerable energy savings 
and that the exposed steel detailing would create a greater relationship with the adjacent artwork. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith appreciated the additional efforts to improve the design. He asked if the bikeway to the 
facility could extend from the freeway underpass. 

Mr. Chaing reported that MUNI was negotiating the issue with DPT. He noted that BCDC were also encouraging greater 
pedestrian access to the site and were in support of efforts to build a foot bridge across Islais Creek. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the landscaping proposal could accommodate plans for a footbridge. 

Mr. Chaing confirmed that it could. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the surface specifications. 

Mr. Chaing replied that they would be specified when MUNI had determined the budget and the projected life span of each 
building. He said that he aimed to clad most of the expanses in glass in order to create a more open environment and make 
staff feel more secure. He stated that this was particularly important for the dispatch building which will operate 24 hours a 
day. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the fencing proposal for Indiana. 

Mr. Chaing replied that they might still be able to build it, however the engineering assessment indicated a storm water 
structure below grade. 

Commissioner Meyer was pleased that the relationship between the sculpture and the building had been resolved. He 
suggested creating a bolder statement with the entrance structure. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that although she had voted for the alternate design at the previous review, she was satisfied 
with the current proposal. She said that the model was informative and clearly indicated how the building complemented the 
artwork. She asked if they were still considering including the landscaped wall behind the sculpture. 

Mr. Chaing replied that they were, however it had not been represented on the model. 

Motion to approve the MUNI Islais Creek Facility, Phase 1 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

VII. MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

Ms. Gonchar explained that the previous review had approved the project providing there was further study of the northern 
facade, the vent shaft plaza and fenestration on Embarcadero and Steuart. 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus and Associates explained that the massing was essentially the same but that 
they had simplified much of the detailing. He presented an animated model that indicated the revised elevations. He reported 
that complications with the foundation systems had informed some of these changes and that the termination points on the 
Embarcadero facade had been made less severe to compensate for the shadow lines. The primary materials will be glass and 
red brick, with yellow and black granite at the base. He said that they had hoped to use a limestone base but it had proved too 
expensive. Pale yellow cast stone and colored stucco will used as a contrast to the brick. The 1LWU sculpture will be retained 
on the Mission and Steuart corner. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the vent shaft issue had been resolved. 

Mr. Manus replied that they were still struggling with clearances from MUNI as they had concerns that the vents could not 
withstand the additional weight of the screening. He provided views of the vent area with and without the enclosure. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith approved of the color and materials. However, he stressed the need to screen the vent shaft 
area, and suggested that if this was not possible then they should attempt to make the vent's exterior appear to be part of the 
hotel complex. 

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Mr. Manus confirmed that this option was also being discussed with MUNI. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the efforts being made to enliven the northern facade in relation to the Justin 
Herman and Ferry Building Plazas. 

Mr. Manus replied that there were already a number of functional requirements designated for that area, including a Decaux 
restroom and the F-line stop. He said that there might still be room for street vendors. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there were retail opportunities available on Steuart. 

Mr. Manus replied that they were limited, as the conference rooms could not be contained below grade and needed to be 
retained on Steuart's street level. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the paving and landscaping detail. 

Mr. Manus replied that the site conditions and property boundaries provided limited landscaping opportunities. The paving 
would be simple and contextualized. 

Richard Newirth left the meeting at 6 p.m. 

Commissioner Meyer was impressed with the project's progress and the facade simplification. He suggested recessing the 
fenestration and creating a stronger statement along the termination points on the Embarcadero and Mission. Commissioner 
Meyer was particularly concerned that the vent shaft screening may be dropped from the design, and stated that he would 
have difficulty approving the project without it. He requested an alternate color selection for the cast stone. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that the fenestration needed to be recessed. She also felt that the expression of the Mission/ 
Steuart corner was awkward. She was also concerned that the turret looked like an entrance and suggested further study of its 
base and termination. 

Mr. Manus explained that the turret top needed to house engineering equipment and will be covered in matte tile rather than 
glass, and will be illuminated at night. He explained that the turret's cantilevered metal brim would be similar to a typical 
lighthouse detail. He said that a bar was being proposed for the ground floor of the turret which meant that the entrance lobby 
needed to be retained on Mission. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the mullion detail. 

Mr. Manus replied that they were aiming for an industrial aesthetic and specified dark gray painted or anodized metal 
mullions. 

Ms. Gonchar left the meeting at 6.15 p.m. 

Commissioner Cochran was concerned that the design elements lacked unity and drama. She asked who had jurisdiction over 
the sidewalk adjacent to the Embarcadero's facade. She also suggested that views into the central courtyard could be better 
articulated, given that the vent screen may not be included in the final design. 

Mr. Manus confirmed that the Embarcadero sidewalk was under the Port 's authority and outside of the project's scope. He 
agreed that the Embarcadero facade needed to be more animated and noted that he had originally proposed an cafe terrace for 
this area. The Port had consented to an outdoor dining area, but would not allow it to be added as part of a permanent 
extension to the hotel. Mr. Manus stated that he had retained the outdoor part of the cafe as an informal arrangement without 
the canopy and that the ground level doors will open up onto it. 

Mr. Manus acknowledged that the vent shaft seriously impacted the project, but stressed that the issue was entirely controlled 
by MUNI. He agreed that the windows within the courtyard could be redesigned to add greater contrast. 

The Commissioners agreed that the building required further study and that a special meeting needed to be scheduled to 
review Phase 2. The areas that needed to be addressed at the next review included the turret base, recessed fenestration, the 
cast stone color and the vent shaft screening. 

The meeting concluded at 7.00 p.m. 

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SPECIAL MEETING 

Thursday, February 1, 2001 

11:00 a.m. 
25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 
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252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be 
advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, 
pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



^Agenda 



I. MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 reviewed 01/22/01) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus 

II. ADJOURNMENT 



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Thursday, February 2, 2001 

11:00 a.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 11:10 p.m. 
I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, William Meyer 
Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith 
Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 



2. MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus and Associates presented the revised 
design and explained that the changes were made in response to the recommendations 
made by the Commissioners at the previous meeting. A stronger statement will be 
created at the southern corners by continuing the pilasters down to the base. The brick 
cladding will be continued into the vent-shaft courtyard and the vent-shaft's screen 
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the rest of the hotel structure. Arched gates on the screen's northern facade will serve 
as a service vehicle entry, while the vent's louvers will be moved onto Steuart Street. 
The windows on the Embarcadero will be recessed and will open out onto the street. 
Mr. Manus presented the samples for the fenestration, indicating that the glass will be 
green and the window frames dark brown. He reported that they had been researching 
an alternate stone for the base and provided a sample of a pale yellow limestone. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that the changes were a vast improvement. She was 
pleased that the corners were better articulated and was particularly happy that the 
stucco had been removed from the interior of the courtyard. However, she was 
concerned that the material transitions from brick to stucco still appeared awkward. 

Mr. Manus replied that the stucco would be recessed 6 inches behind the brick, which 
should make the transitions more definite. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the developers were happy with the modifications. 

Mr. Manus replied that they were. He noted that although there were many 
unanticipated construction costs they had been able maintain a high standard of 
materials. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the glazing at the base of the turret would be recessed. 

Mr. Manus replied that it would and that the treatment would be applied to all 
window conditions. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if there was still the possibility that Muni would not 
agree to the vent-shaft screen. 

Mr. Manus replied that this continued to be a concern. He stressed that while the 
design would benefit from its inclusion, it was not within the scope of the project. 

Commissioner Meyer recommended that the shaft be painted a color similar to the 
brick if they were unable to include the screen. 

Ms. Gonchar noted that if the vent-shaft were left as it appeared it would at least 
explain the building's configuration. 

Commissioners Meyer and Cochran were generally happy with the changes and the 
material choices and recommended that the project be approved at the February 
meeting. 

The meeting concluded at 1 1 :45 a.m. 

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CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 
Monday, February 26, 2001 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



Agenda 

I. MUNI ISLAIS CREEK 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 01/22/01) 

John Funghi, Project Manager, MUNI 

Robyn Chiang, Project Architect 

II. 3rd STREET LIGHT RAIL LIGHTING DESIGN 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 7/19/99) 

Sue Olive, Project Manager, Muni 

III. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 reviewed 01/22/01) 

Chris Bigelow, DPW BOA 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnership 

IV. ST MARY'S GARAGE UTILITY RESTROOMS 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 reviewed 01/22/01) 
Alan Ward, DPW BOA 

V. MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 reviewed 01/22/01) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus and Associates 

VI. DECAUX PUBLIC SERVICE KIOSK PROGRAM: PHASE 21 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Jake Szeto, Project Manager DPW BSM 



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ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Bob MacDonald, Park Planner, Recreation & Park 

Vin. ADJOURNMENT 



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^Minutes 
The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn- Smith 
William Meyer 

Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2. MUNI ISLAIS CREEK 
PHASE 2 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission opened the meeting and provided 
a summary of the Committee's comments regarding the project's January approval. 

John Funghi, Project Manager, MUNI introduced the project to the Committee. 

Robin Chiang, Project Architect reported that they had responded to the 
Commissioners' comments by creating a stronger entry statement by converting the 
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the rest of the roofing. He described how the facility's glass facade will provide 
reflections of the waterfront to the other side of the creek. The fencing on Cesar 
Chavez will be expanded into metal lathe fence covered in flowering vines. The 
planting plan will include irrigation. 

Jacque Keller, Project Landscape Architect provided more detailed information about 
the landscaping plan and identified where the additional street trees will be planted. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith felt that the design had improved and that the facility 
was a generous contribution to the public sector. He was impressed with how the 
building and the sculptural elements related to the waterfront and was confident that 
the project would attract many visitors. He asked if more trees could be added to the 
street-planting plan. 

Ms. Keller replied that the service entries and utilities prevented any additional 
planting. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the public had expressed concerns about the 
bright metallic appearance of the building. 

Mr. Chiang replied that the Potrero Hill community had originally expressed some 
concerns, but were now happy with the design. He noted that the freeway obscured 
most of their views onto the site. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that the revisions were sound and that the outcome was 
an excellent design. He asked for more information about the cleats in the 
landscaping proposal. 

Ms. Keller replied that they were traditionally used to tie up boats, but would be 
installed at the corner of Indiana to suggest navigational signals. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the window screens would impede worker's views onto 
the waterfront. 

Mr. Chiang replied that they would not. 

Commissioner Cochran and Gatti agreed that it was an exciting design and that the 
materials were well chosen. 

Motion to approve the MUNI Islais Creek Maintenance facility, Phase 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. MUNI THIRD STREET LIGHT RAIL LIGHTING DESIGN 
PHASE 3 

Sue Olive, Senior Project Manager, MUNI provided a brief overview of the project's 
background and explained that the first stage of the project will include 19 new 
stations, extending along Third Street from the central waterfront through to 
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from South of Market through to Chinatown. She stated that the first stage involved 
replacing all the streetlights along the Third Street corridor. A light pole will appear 
at every 100 ft. with the lights attached to MUNI standard strain poles. 

Michael Smiley, Project Architect presented the revised street light design. He stated 
that the poles needed to carry street signage, overhead electrical wires as well as the 
street light. The design needed to be coordinated in consultation with DPT, MUNI 
and the Bureau of Light, Heat and Power. The design utilizes MUNI's standard 30-ft 
pole. The light fixtures will be based on the City's standard teardrop format and will 
be attached to a connecting "swoosh" that extends from the top of the pole. The 
swoosh will be able to accommodate festival banners and community 
announcements. Mr. Smiley noted that they had intended to create a contemporary 
design that related to San Francisco's architectural heritage. The signage was 
originally intended to be housed within an orthogonal arm, however this had been 
replaced with a curved mast arm that was better related to the swoosh. He explained 
that the swoosh needed to be distanced from the power lines. He presented the color 
scheme for the stations, which included a gray green platform color, dark green pole, 
and a bright apple green accent for the swoosh, signage and marquee poles. He 
presented a working model of the street light to the Committee and demonstrated the 
signage attachments and swoosh color options. 

Ms. Gonchar noted that Catellus and the Redevelopment Agency were involved in the 
Mission Bay redevelopment, and that the Third Street design also fell under their 
scope of services. She reported that they had reservations about the color of the 
swoosh and had suggested a galvanized metal finish as an alternate. 

Commissioner Gatti liked the design. However, he also had reservations about the 
swoosh's color and understood why the galvanized metal could be considered more 
appropriate. He commented that the orthogonal signage component could have 
provided an interesting contrast to the swoosh. 

Commissioner Cochran was concerned that the color scheme presented a playground 
aesthetic that would be more appropriate in a less industrial environment. She noted 
that she would prefer to see a more subdued palette. 

Mr. Smiley replied that the pole height would make the apple green recede during the 
day and that it would not be visible at night. 

Commissioner Meyer was comfortable with the colors but said that a dark green or 
galvanized swoosh would be equally effective. However, he was concerned about the 
shape of the mast arm and stated that he would prefer to see the orthogonal format as 
it provided a sharp contrast to the swoosh at the top of the pole. He asked if there was 
a programmatic reason for the change. 

Mr. Smiley replied that both would work functionally. However, in his opinion the 
curved arm was more suited to the overall design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith thought the design was handsome. He was concerned 
that the swoosh would soon appear dated, but acknowledged that these types of 
design statements enabled the City's architectural phases to be read. He approved of 
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series of arches over the street. 

Mr. Smiley recommended that 25% of the bulb should face up towards the swoosh. 

The Committee agreed. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there were provisions for graffiti treatment. 

Mr. Smiley replied that the dark green color was similar to the touch up paint Muni 
generally used to cover graffiti. He stated that the color issue had been given careful 
consideration which is why the apple green was limited to an accent. He was 
confident that the palette would not date too quickly. 

Commissioner Gatti said that it was visually effective to use variations on a color 
theme, rather than solid blocks of color. He provided the Embarcadero as an example. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed concerns that the suspended street signage 
would be poorly organized. He recommended a pendant hanging system. 

Mr. Smiley replied that this would fall within Caltrans and DPT's design standards. 

Motion to approve the 3rd Street Light Rail Lighting Design, Phase 3 with the 
following conditions: 

1. The 25% of the bulb face up towards the swoosh 
Motion: Meyer 

Vote Unanimous 

2. The traffic signage elements hang as a pendant attachment 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote for: Freebairn-Smith, Gatti, Cochran 
Opposed: Meyer 

3. The swoosh be approved as apple green 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote for: Freebairn-Smith, Gatti, Meyer 
Opposed: Cochran 

4. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 2 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project and reviewed the Committee's comments from 
the previous meeting. 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA reported that changes to the facade had 
occurred in response to concerns expressed by the Committee as well as the Juvenile 
Probation Commission. He reported that the Planning Commission and State Historic 
Preservation approval process had been initiated. 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnership presented an animated sequence 
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enclosed stairwell and landing that had projected from the front of the facility had 
been recessed. He noted that the small gathering space in front of the existing facility 
had been moved closer to the entry plaza and that the external stairs and ramps would 
have a gentler gradient. Shading devices will be installed across the middle of glass 
facade, which will help control the amount of direct sunlight falling into the lobby 
work areas. Select glazing panels will incorporate a sandblasted motif designed by the 
artists and the architectural team. Mr. Ryan reported that they were still working 
within the proposed family of colors, however he had exchanged the lavender with a 
rich plum. He also presented a swatch of the salmon color of the existing facility and 
explained that it would complement the addition's colors. 

Kate Keating and Associates presented the signage package and identified the 
locations. The signs will be fabricated from precast concrete and metal. 

Mr. Ryan described the housing units' elevations and explained that the exterior will 
receive an animated pattern of alternating glass and block. 

Pat O'Brien, Project Landscape Architect presented an overview of the planting 
palette. She described how the hillside needed to relate to the existing palette as well 
as needing to present pleasing views to neighboring Laguna Honda. The hillside will 
feature evergreen species, establishing additional eucalyptus within a hydroseeded 
field. Additional tree planting will also occur along the service road and around the 
playing field. The front will have a more ornamental appearance with deciduous trees 
such as Liquid Amber. Tall decorative grasses will be planted in the terraces in the 
front of the existing building. 

Commissioner Cochran considered the palette appropriate for the site. She 
particularly liked the use of the terraces as they helped create a softer entry statement. 
She was concerned that the windy location would adversely affect the Liquid Amber. 

Ms. O'Brien replied that the Friend's of the Urban Forest had confirmed the use of the 
Liquid Amber. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith liked the correspondence between the front of the 
facility and the existing growth at the rear. He was impressed with the architectural 
materials and planting palette. 

Commissioner Gatti also approved of the combinations of colors and textures. He 
liked the spilt face rock application but asked for more information about the 
relevance of the material. 

Mr. Ryan clarified that the rock was found locally. He explained that the public area 
at the front of the building would have a glass clad steel frame, while the bulk of the 
secure area to the rear of the building would be concrete and would feature the rock. 
The darker rock would be used to help the western facade visually recede. 

Commissioner Cochran asked how they could prevent skateboard damage. 

Mr. Ryan replied that while the front retaining walls would have a gentle slope and 
would receive a rough broom finish, metal clips could be used as an additional 
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Commissioner Meyer thought the design was good and noted that it was a difficult 
assignment. He commented that he would have considered white as a color option, 
however he was content with plum. He particularly liked the way the entrance portal 
framed the path of travel into the facility. 

Motion to approve the Juvenile Hall Replacement Project, Phase 2 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

5. St. MARY'S UTILITY GARAGE 
PHASE 2 

Ms. Gonchar reviewed the Committee's previous comments and noted that they had 
requested more information about how the elevations would be viewed from Pine 
Street. 

Alan Ward, Project Architect, DPW BOA explained that they had responded to the 
Commissioners' comments by shielding the street side facade with additional 
planting. He also presented the revised louver placement. The eastern portal will be 
round, while the rest will be rectangular. He explained that a roof exhaust assisted the 
louvers. The preferred materials included cream stucco walls and either dark blue or 
green louvers and trims. 

Commissioner Meyer felt that the louvers were awkwardly positioned and that it 
would be preferable to see them located within the shadow of the roof overhang. 

Mr. Ward noted that they had to be aware of the homeless population when preparing 
the planting plan, as they did not want to create an attractive nuisance. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that while he would prefer to see the street 
enlivened as a result of the project, he was aware that there was little pedestrian 
activity along this area. 

Commissioner Cochran wished to see more information about the landscaping plan 
and palette. 

Mr. Ward replied that more specific information could be presented at the next 
meeting. He cautioned that additional planting immediately around the restrooms 
could create an attractive nuisance with the homeless. 

Motion to approve the St. Mary's Garage Utility Restrooms Phase 2 with the 
following contingencies: 

1. The landscaping plan be submitted at Phase 3 

2. The air vents at the rear be restricted to a band within the shade line 

3. The doors and louvers be painted green 

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MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

Ms. Gonchar reported that Commissioners Cochran and Meyer had reviewed the most 
recent design modifications. She acknowledged that the changes had been made in 
response to the recommendations made by the Commissioners at the previous 
meeting. 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus and Associates summarized the 
revisions and presented a booklet containing the developed designs. 

Ms. Gonchar reported that Commissioner Freebairn-Smith had submitted a motion 
for approval that contained a number of contingencies regarding treatment of the vent 
shaft and activation of the northern facade. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that he was particularly concerned about the 
northern facade's relationship to the waterfront and the Ferry Building and Justin 
Herman plaza. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that MUNI should be encouraged to approve, build 
and finance the vent shaft screen. 

Doug Wright, consultant to the Muni Development Corporation, agreed that the vent 
shaft screen was of great importance to the project and that it was in best interest of 
all concerned parties to ensure that it was built. He stated that he was confident that 
additional funding could be found to pay for it. He discussed how the northwestern 
corner could be enhanced by a small cafe concession run by the nonprofit Market 
Street Railway Company. He noted that the areas designated to the Muni operators' 
restrooms and fire access would restrict anything more substantial. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith said that Muni was obliged to deliver the site to the 
developer impediment-free. While the hotel would be able to survive on its Mission/ 
Steuart axis, the site and the adjacent properties would clearly benefit from a well- 
designed retail outlet or cafe concession on the hotel's northern facade. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if it was absolutely necessary to include the restrooms on 
that particular corner. 

Lars Ericson, Project Manager, Emerald Fund replied that the operators were not 
willing to negotiate the location. He added that the developer fully endorsed the 
relocation or screening of the vent shaft. However, it was out of their scope of work 
and they were not willing to assume financial responsibility for it. 

Commissioner Meyer raised the issue of the organ pavilion, which in his view 
increased the need to address the vent shaft issue. 

Mr. Ericson agreed that removal or screening of the vent shaft was of the highest 
priority and that he hoped that the Committee could help facilitate the implementation 
process. However, he cautioned that if the Committee's approval was contingent on 
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fiscal support for the development. 

Commissioner Cochran requested that the approval be contingent on modifications to 
the internal courtyard wall, as per the Committee's request at the previous review. She 
noted that the presentation booklet had inconsistently represented this section. 

Mr. Manus agreed that the wall would be designed to the Committee's specifications. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed to compose a letter requesting MUNI to 
assume responsibility for relocating or screening the vent shafts. 

Motion to approve the Mission Steuart Hotel Phase 2 on the conditions that: 

1. The eastern side of the interior court yard wall be changed to red brick 

2. The option to relocate the vent shaft be further explored 

3. That in the event that the vent shaft can not be removed then the enclosure 
designed by the project architects should be built around it 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote for: Freebairn-Smith, Cochran, Meyer 

Vote against: Gatti 

7. DECAUX PUBLIC SERVICE RESTROOM PROJECT 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the proposal to the Committee and explained that staff 
generally reviewed these projects. However, as many of the 13 proposed kiosks were 
in prominent locations the project had been brought to the Committee's attention. She 
identified a possible conflict with an existing artwork on the corner of King and 
Fourth Streets. 

Jake Szeto, Project Manager, DPW replied that Decaux were willing to move the 
kiosk further north in order to better accommodate the artwork. 

Ms. Gonchar stated that the relocation of the kiosk would need to be done in 
consultation with the artist and Public Art staff. 

Commissioner Gatti suggested that the Norman Foster designed kiosk previously 
approved by the Committee would be more appropriate for the South of Market 
district. 

The Commissioners agreed to approve the locations on the condition that they could 
select the type of kiosk from the 3 previously approved Decaux designs. They 
requested that Decaux submit more detailed information about each site for further 
presentations. 

Motion to approve the Decaux Public Service Kiosk Program for Administrative 
Phase 1, 2 & 3 on the condition that: 

1. Decaux will present more detailed photographic renderings of the proposed 
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2. That the kiosk at the corner of Fourth and King be moved further north away 
from the existing artwork 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

8 GOLDEN GATEWAY EMERGENCY GENERATOR 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Motion to approve the Golden Gateway Garage Emergency Generator for 
Administrative Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

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Monday, March 19, 2001 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I. MISSION STUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 2 approved with contingencies 02/26/01) 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus Architects 

II. 4th STREET BRIDGE EQUIPMENT MODULE 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

(Phase 1, 2 & 3 reviewed 01/22/01) 
Bob Nist, DPW BOA 

III. DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN SIGNAGE PROJECT 
Review of proposed new signage color 

(Phase 1, 2 & 3 approval 09/18/00) 
Chris Bigelow, DPW BOA 

rv. FOREST HILL STATION ACCESSIBILITY UPGRADE 
Administrative Review 

Lisa Chow, Project Manager, MUNI 

V. CIVIC DESIGN COMMITTEE POLICY MEETING 
VI. ADJOURNMENT 



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Monday, March 19, 2001 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



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The meeting commenced at 3:15 p.m. 

I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith 
William Meyer 

Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

II MISSION STEU ART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission opened the meeting and provided a brief summary of the Committee's 
comments regarding the project's Phase 2 approval. She noted that the motion to approve Phase 2 had been withdrawn from 
the March full Commission agenda as the language regarding the conditions under which the approval would be granted 
needed to be revised by the Committee. 

The discussion was continued until Commissioner Freebairn-Smith's arrival at the meeting. 

III. MOTION TO APPROVE LETTER DRAFTED TO MICHAEL BURNS, GENERAL MANAGER, MUNI 

Ms. Gonchar reported that a letter had been drafted to Michael Bums requesting Muni to take responsibility for the screening 
and relocation of the hotel's vent shafts. 

The discussion was continued until Commissioner Freebaim-Smith's arrival at the meeting. 

IV. DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN SIGNAGE PROJECT. 
Review of proposed new signage color. 

Steven Shotland, Senior Planner, Planning Department introduced the project to the Committee. He explained that he had 
been developing the project in association with Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA. He discussed that the new 
Cornelius system replaced the original SOM proposal and that these changes had been approved by the Committee under the 
condition that the dark blue base and gold text color scheme originally specified by SOM would be retained for the Market 
Street corridor. Mr. Shotland reported that the Port also intended to implement the Cornelius system along the Embarcadero 
utilizing a slightly different color scheme that included a platinum and dark blue. He asked the Commissioners if they wished 
to establish a standard system for the city. He concluded his presentation by stating that it was Planning's intention to 

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establish a standard citywide way-finding system. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he preferred the gray to the gold. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the gold was used elsewhere in the City. 

Mr. Shotland replied that the gold was predominantly used on the light posts in the Market Street corridor. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that gray was more appropriate and contemporary. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that Market Street was an established and well defined area and that the blue and gold theme 
should be maintained. 

Mr. Shotland replied that if DPW and the Port implemented different systems, planning problems could arise in the area 
where Market Street met the Embarcadero. He noted that different signage color schemes might confuse pedestrians. 

Commissioner Gatti replied that this situation did not differ from the way that the light posts changed styles at Market Street 
and the Embarcadero. 

Mr. Shotland stated that Planning and DPW were seeking to have a single design with consistent colors that the Port agreed 
with. The compromise worked out with the Port was to use dark blue on the sign post, with platinum for the text and details. 
This would be used throughout the Downtown Wayfinding system and the signage on Port property, continuing along 
Market Street, as well as north and south of Market Streets. Mr. Shotland suggested the compromise of the dark blue from 
the Planning/DPW design and the platinum for the details as it would be easier to implement, manage, and maintain as a 
single color scheme. It would also be easier for pedestrians to use as a wayfinding system to use one consistent design and 
color scheme. He noted that DPW was committed to maintaining the system. However, maintaining a number of different 
color combinations would make this task much more difficult 

Commissioner Gatti replied that too many of the city's design considerations where compromised by DPWs poor 
maintenance standards and advocated establishing a different color identity for each neighborhood. 

Mr. Shotland replied that the different areas would include Market Street, the Financial District, Union Square, the Civic 
Center, Yerba Buena Gardens and the Embarcadero. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that as the project expanded across the city, each district's color scheme would be required to be 
reviewed by the Committee. 

The discussion was continued until Mr. Bigelow's arrival at the meeting. 

V. FOURTH STREET BRIDGE EQUIPMENT MODULE 
PHASE 1, 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar explained that the Commissioners had reviewed the project in January and that had suggested four options for 
the utility building. These included concealing it underneath the bridge; removal of the mass of wiring attached to the top of 
the building; retain the current position with the replacement module matching the existing design and placing the building in 
a less obtrusive location. 

Mr. Nist reported that they would retain the location with the design matching the existing architecture. 

Motion to approve the Fourth Street Bridge Equipment Module, Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

VI. FORREST HILL STATION ACCESSIBILITY UPGRADE 

Administrative Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Ms. Gonchar reported that Civic Design staff had reviewed the material and that the project involved standard ADA 
modifications to an existing facility. 

The Committee agreed that projects of this scale and scope could be reviewed administratively. 

Motion to approve the Forrest Hill Station Accessibility Upgrade, Administrative Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

VH. DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIAN SIGNAGE PROJECT. 
Review of proposed new signage color 

Continued discussion. 

Mr. Bigelow arrived at 3:30 p.m. and reported that DPW was scheduled to maintain the downtown area while the Port would 
be responsible for the Embarcadero. He stated that it was still unclear who would be responsible for the other areas as the 
project expanded across the rest of the city. 

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Commissioner Meyer asked if the additional color scheme would impact the initial production costs. He asked how many 
signs would be installed for this stage of the project 

Mr. Bigelow replied that they were planning on installing 30 signs. However, as the project expanded fabrication and 
maintenance costs would increase significantly if different colors were utilized. He noted that the grant funding the project 
had to be expended by January 2002 and that the project could not afford further production schedule delays. He also 
expressed concerns that the system would fail without a unifying and easily identifiable color scheme. 

Commissioner Gatti remarked that in his opinion different colors for each area could actually help define neighborhoods. 

Mr. Bigelow replied that failed systems in other cities provided contrary evidence. He noted that the City had limited 
resources to coordinate such a complicated system. 

Commissioner Gatti asked how many signs were planned by the Port at this stage of the project. 

Dan Hodapp, Senior Port Planner replied that they would be installing 9 units. 

Mr. Bigelow asked how the colors could be established for each neighborhood. 

Commissioner Gatti replied that this could be established by using the existing street lights as a key. 

Commissioner Freebaim-Smith arrived at 3:45 p.m. 

Mr. Shotland and Mr. Bigelow agreed to identify the additional locations for the signage installations, including information 
regarding color schemes based on the existing light poles. The revised map will be presented to the Civic Design Committee 
for review and approval. 

Motion to approve the Downtown Pedestrian Signage Project with the approval subject to the following 
conditions: 

1. That the deep blue and gold color scheme previously approved by the Committee be applied to Market Street 

2. That the deep blue and platinum color scheme be applied to the Embarcadero 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Cochran, Gatti, Meyer 

MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
PHASE 2 

MOTION TO APPROVE LETTER DRAFTED TO MICHAEL BURNS, GENERAL MANAGER MUNI 

Continued discussion 

The Committee agreed that the draft letter should be revised with input from Doug Wright 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the developer had expressed concerns that the vent shaft would be a condition of the approval. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that it was the Committee's objective to arrive at a mechanism where the northern 
facade could be enlivened. He identified the need to relocate the restrooms as they prevented any retail opportunities from 
developing along that facade. He also reported that the community had expressed concerns that the hotel had its back turned 
to the street. He concluded his remarks by stating that MUNI's management of the site was simply unacceptable. He added 
that every effort should be made to ensure that the approval did not punish the developer, as it was not the developer's 
responsibility to correct MUNI's mistakes. 

Commissioner Gatti asked if the Committee had the ability to request these changes from MUNI at this late stage in the 
project 

Commissioner Freebaim-Smith replied that MUNI had failed to deliver the site to the developer. He described the current 
screen as something that one would expect to see in an alley. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that the Committee's disapproval could not be based on the vent shaft's current location as this was 
a Planning Department issue. 

Ms. Gonchar suggested that the Committee request that Michael Bums to appear before the Committee to discuss the matter 
further. 

Mr. Manus stated that if MUNI were to proceed with the improvements to the vent shaft area, the site would be able to 
generate greater revenues for MUNI. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that a letter should be submitted to MUNI clearly stating the Arts Commission's conditions 
for approval and that Mr. Burns should be asked to appear before the Committee. 

Mr. Manus stated that the developer has a great deal of equity invested in the project and that they would support the 
Committee's recommendations. However, he cautioned that the developer's interests in the project may be quelled if this 
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Ms. Gonchar suggested that the Committee could approve Phase 2, with Phase 3 approval withheld until the special 
conditions had been met 

Motion to approve the Mission Stuart Hotel Phase 2 (as per the drawings submitted to the Committee on 2/26/01) 
with the approval subject to the following conditions: 

1. The eastern side of the interior court yard wall be changed to red brick 

2. That MUNI be urged to relocate the Muni operator restrooms 

3. That MUNI be urged to finance and implement the vent shaft screen 

4. That MUNI be urged to eventually relocate the vent shaft 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote For: Meyer, Freebairn-Smith, Cochran 

Vote against: Gatti 

Motion to withhold Phase 3 approval of the Mission Stuart Hotel until MUNI presents a plan to the Committee 
to finance and implement the screen and to relocate the Muni operator restrooms and ultimately relocate the vent 
shaft. 

Vote: Unanimous 

Commissioner Gatti noted that while he voted against the project, he had voted in favor of the letter as he believed that it fell 
within the Committee's jurisdiction to make these demands. 

Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Meyer agreed to draft a letter to Mr. Burns stating the Committee's conditions for 
approval of the project 

Mr. Manus stated that he would be available to review the draft material. 

Vffl. CIVIC DESIGN COMMITTEE POLICY MEETING 

Ms. Gonchar suggested that the Committee may prefer to prioritize the review of projects in order to make better use of the 
committee's time and to expedite the review process for smaller projects. 



Mr. Newirth stated that larger projects such as SFO and the San Francisco Zoo were clearly more important than small pump 
station equipment modules. He suggested that the Committee could allocate discussion time on each agenda. 

Commissioner Gatti suggested that the agenda's order should indicate a project's priority. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that smaller projects should be reviewed first with larger projects reviewed under separate 
special meetings. 

The meeting concluded at 4:45 p.m. 

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CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 
Monday, April 23, 2001 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (41 5) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness 
Ave, Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN 
DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I SAN BRUNO COUNTY JAIL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 1 & 2 

(Phase 1 approved 12/15/97) 

Discussion: 30 minutes 

James Cheng, Project Manager, DPW 

II. MOTION TO APPROVE THE LETTER DRAFTED TO MICHAEL BURNS, GENERAL MANAGER, MUNI 

(Proposal reviewed 03/19/01) 
Discussion: 30 minutes 

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Pursuant to City Policy and the requirements of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, all 
City agencies will make reasonable accommodations to the needs of persons with disabilities. 

Full Commission Meetings, and individual Committee Meetings of the Arts Commission will be held at 25 Van Ness Avenue, 
San Francisco, located on the corner of Oak and Van Ness, suite 70, basement level, unless another site is specified. Suite 70 
can be accessed by the two main elevators in the lobby of the building. 

Accessible seating for persons with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs, will be available. 

Accessible curbside parking has been designated on Oak Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street. 

Accessible public transit that serves this location includes: 

Muni Metro Trains: J, K, L, M, and N lines stop at the Van Ness Station, Van Ness and Market, one-half block from the 
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Muni Buses: 9, 26, 42, 47 and 49, serving the area of Van Ness and Market. 

BART: Civic Center Station, located at the intersection of Grove, Hyde, and Market Streets 

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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith, 
William Meyer 

Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

2. San Bruno County Jail Replacement Project 
Phase 1 

James Cheng, Project Manager, DPW introduced the project to the Committee. He 
explained that the cost of the original design was estimated to be $154 million. 
However, the Mayor's Office had directed DPW to bring the project in under $115 
million and the notice to proceed with the new design contract was issued in October 
2000. 

Michael Wang, Senior Associate, Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz identified the changes to 
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30% and the building had been reoriented to face the wetlands to the south. He noted 
that while they had removed the vehicle storage area, the vehicular circulation would 
remain the same with all cars approaching from the south and all prisoners entering 
under a covered sally port. He explained that the existing jail would be demolished 
under a separate contract. Mr. Wang concluded his comments by stating that they 
aimed to present the project for Phase 2 approval in May and Phase 3 in June. 

Tom Wornson, Project Architect, Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz presented a rendering 
indicating the massing of the housing unit and administration buildings. He described 
the housing unit as the largest building mass and explained that it will retain its clover 
leaf configuration. He noted that its glass facade would be the focal point of the 
facility. The glazing will feature a horizontal stripe pattern in ceramic frit while the 
rest of the facade will be concrete. Each of the two stories will be divided into two 
tiers in the same way as the downtown jail. The administration center will 
accommodate visitation, administration, intake, kitchen and laundry facilities. He 
reported that it had been significantly reduced in size and will be positioned adjacent 
to the housing unit. The administration lobby will feature a glass facade and canopy. 
However, variations in colored concrete block will be used to create a pattern 
throughout the rest of the administration building's exterior and will provide a sharp 
contrast to the housing unit. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if there would be a hallway behind the glass facade in the 
housing units. 

Mr. Wornson replied that the glass facade will differ from the downtown jail as it will 
be separated from the cells by machinery and equipment. 

Mr. Wang noted that the machinery would still allow light to fall into the prison. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith stressed that the Committee had expressed concern 
about the site's topography when they initially reviewed the project. He noted that if 
the building's design was inflexible then the best way to approach the project was to 
ensure that the building would blend into the landscape. He asked how the parking 
areas could be better integrated into the design. Commissioner Freebairn-Smith 
concluded his comments by stating that he was aware that there was increasing 
national concern about the design of these types of facilities and that the more the 
budget was restricted, the less human the building would become. 

Commissioner Gatti asked if Commissioner Freebairn-Smith had any comments 
relative to the choice of materials. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that he would prefer something less industrial 
as it would soften the building's appearance to the adjacent residential area. 

Mr. Wang replied that the fire code placed strict restrictions on combustible materials 
such as wood. 

Commissioner Meyer liked the formal geometry and was interested in the way the 
hard surfaces and shapes related to the environment. However, he wished to see more 
cohesion between the two structures and considered the use of earth tones to be a 
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Mr. Wornson agreed, however he had concerns about creating a formal modernist 
box. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the landscaping 

Sheriff Michael Lavigne stated that the landscaping had been removed from the 
project during the budget cuts, however the irrigation system would still be included 
so that the plants could be installed by staff at a later stage 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that there should be more continuity between the 
buildings, but cautioned that too much white block would appear austere. She noted 
that the landscape plan had not included a grading plan. 

Mr. Wornson replied that there was little change in gradient to indicate. 

Mr. Wang noted that they had moved the footprint away from the wetland as a form 
of mitigation. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the greenhouse gardening project would remain on 
location. 

Sheriff Lavigne replied that it would continue and that it was one of their most 
successful projects. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that it would be helpful to have the fence line included 
in the drawings. She was concerned that the fence would look harsh if there was no 
landscaping. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that he was comfortable with the location and orientation. 
He agreed that the colors were inappropriate. He was also concerned about the fence 
and asked for more information. 

Sheriff Lavigne replied that the internal fence curved in while the external one 
cantilevered out. 

Commissioner Gatti asked if the exterior fence could be covered with ivy. 

Mr. Wang replied that they typically kept the fence clear for security reasons. 
However, shrubs could be planted two feet back from the fence. 

Commissioners Freebairn-Smith and Meyer asked about lighting. 

Mr. Wornson replied that it would be illuminated with standard security components. 

Ms. Gonchar asked Mr. Cheng to explain why art enrichment was not included in the 
project. 

Mr. Cheng replied that the Board of Supervisors had waived art enrichment as it was 
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Mr. Newirth was concerned that the situation could set a dangerous precedent. 

Commissioner Gatti requested that a letter be issued to the Board informing them 
they could not make arbitrary decisions relative to the art enrichment mandate. 

Ms. Gonchar noted that it was unfortunate that the City Attorney that had drafted the 
revised legislation was not aware of the art enrichment conditions and did not contact 
Deputy City Attorney Miriam Stombler. 

Mr. Newirth clarified that the original project was not required to include art 
enrichment as it was to be funded by a private developer. However, when the project 
funding was replaced with the City funds, the new contract's language relative to art 
enrichment had not been adjusted to state the requirement. He stated that the Zoo, 
through the Board of Supervisors attempted to reduce the art enrichment requirement 
at the Zoo. He concluded, stating that the requirement should be pointed out and 
emphasized to the City Attorney, the Mayor's Budget Analyst, the Board of 
Supervisors' Budget Analyst and to all City departments. 

3. Motion to Approve letter Drafted to Michael Burns, General Manager, Muni 

Ms. Gonchar reported that the draft letter to Michael Burns had been revised by the 
Committee and had been reviewed by Doug Wright and Clark Manus. 

The Committee agreed that they were not comfortable with Mr. Manus's changes to 
the draft and requested stronger language regarding the restrooms and vent shaft 
relocation. 

Ms. Gonchar stated that the changes would be made and that the letter would be 
signed by Commissioner Gatti. 

The meeting concluded at 4:00 p.m. 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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I. SAN BRUNO COUNTY JAIL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 1 & 2 

(Phase 1 approved 12/15/97) 

Discussion: 30 minutes 

James Cheng, Project Manager, DPW 

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Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti, Rod Freebairn-Smith 

Commissioners absent: William Meyer 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 

II. San Bruno County Jail Replacement Project 
Phase 1 & 2 

James Cheng, Project Manager, DPW introduced the project and explained that the design team had responded to the 
comments expressed by the Committee at the last meeting. 

Michael Wang, Senior Associate, Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz provided a power point presentation of the revised proposal. He 
commenced the presentation by identifying the existing facility, access points and footprint of the new buildings. In response 
to Commissioner Cochran's request to review the gradation plan, he provided information about the site's topography and 
indicated the areas at the eastern end of the campus that needed to be filled to create space for the new building. Mr. Wang 
also provided information regarding the facade's monochromatic color scheme and materials' palette. A light colored, heavily 
textured CMU will be used for the upper level, while a darker split face block will be applied to the middle areas. Gunmetal 
gray glazed ceramic tile will be featured at the lower level and around the entry lobby. He noted that the curved glass wall 
around the lobby will be more defined, consisting of a blue-green glass with aluminum framing. Striped ceramic frit 
blue-green glazing will be used on the housing units. He provided images of the new fencing and explained that the 
landscaping improvements included hydro-seeding the embankments with drought resistant grasses. 

Commissioner Freebaim-Smith asked how the parking areas would appear at night. 

Mr. Wang replied that they will be well lit. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the community had approved the new design. 

Mr. Wang replied that the design team had made a presentation to the San Bruno City Council and that the design was well 
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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was concerned that the site needed more landscaping improvements. He stated that the more 
needed to be done to mitigate the jail's appearance to the community. 

Sheriff Michael Lavigne stated that large trees and bushes presented security problems and that the community's main 
concern was the provision of adequate illumination around the facility during the evening. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if recreational areas could be provided for staff. 

Sheriff Lavigne replied that staff were not permitted to leave the facility during their breaks. He noted that it was the 
department's intention to provide a more humane environment and that hydro-seeded area would create a colored carpet 
around the facility. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if some low level planting could be provided at the entrance. 

Mr. Wang replied that this would be addressed. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if their was the opportunity to allocate a pleasant outdoor space for visitation or contact 
areas. 

Sheriff Lavigne replied that there was less emphasis on visitation at this particular facility as the majority of the residents were 
short term. 

The Committee agreed that the design had improved. 

Motion to approve the San Bruno County Jail Replacement Project 
Phase 1 & 2 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 



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Date: 050301 






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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



Agenda 

I. CHLOROMINE CONVERSION PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Discussion: 30 minutes 

Patty Mallet, Project Manager, PUC 

II. SAN FRANCISCO ZOO QUARANTINE & HOLDING FACILITIES 
PHASE 1 

Discussion: 30 minutes 

John Aikin, Director of Design, SF Zoo 

III. SAN BRUNO COUNTY JAIL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 approved 05/21/01) 

Discussion: 15 minutes 

James Cheng, Project Manager, DPW 

rv. METRO EAST MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS FACILITY 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 3 

(Phase 2 approved 09/1 8/00) 

Discussion: 15 minutes 

John Fong, Project Manager, Muni 

V. Adjournment 



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Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3: 10 p.m. 
I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present:William Meyer , Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon 
Commissioners absent: Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti 
Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 



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Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission opened the meeting and welcomed Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon 
to the Committee. 

II. Chloromine Conversion Project 
Phase 1 

Patty Mallet, Project Manager, PUC introduced the project to the Committee and explained that the proposal involved 
establishing new facilities at three separate locations: Sunol Valley, Harry Tracey and Pulgas Temple. The facilities are similar 
in design and function, which is why they were being reviewed simultaneously. Chloromine is considered a safer and more 
stable disinfectant. She reported that the new facilities were required in order to meet the new drinking water regulation 
standards. 

Mike Pierron, Project Architect, BOA presented the designs to the Committee. He commenced his discussion with the Harry 
Tracey facility. He stated that the design intention was to integrate the new structure into the existing campus which was 
designed in the seventies. The walls will have concrete reveals and aluminum windows. He noted that the chemical storage 
and pumps will be housed inside the facility but will be visible from the exterior. The rear wall will serve as a retaining wall. 

' John Thomas, Project Landscape Architect, BOE identified how the landscaping plan will focus on native plant restoration 
and will include California Buckeye and Red Bud. 

Mr. Pierron then presented the Sunol design and stated that the the mechanical area will be housed under an open canopy. 
The surrounding chain link fence will be vinyl coated. 

Mr. Thomas reported that the landscaping will include another restoration effort with the addition of oak trees to help screen 
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Mr. Pierron concluded his presentation with the Pulgas Temple Dechlorination facility. He noted that it will be centered away 
from the existing historic building area. The facility will be unmanned, so the design objective was to keep everything inside 
the facility which will consist of concrete wall and a metal roof. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired about the art enrichment funds for the project. 

Ms. Mallet reported that the PUC had met with Jill Manton, Program Director, Public Art and that they had agreed to pool the 
funds for the three projects. The funds will be redirected to an artwork project that will be installed in the more public area 
near the water temple. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith described how the water temple exemplified Beaux Arts design. He stated his concern that 
simplifying the adjacent utility buildings and screening them with landscaping was an easy approach. He asked if a heritage 
design specialist had been consulted for the project. 

Ms. Mallet replied that it would be impossible to build the facility in the Beaux Arts manner and still meet all the necessary 
functional requirements. She noted that the facility was off limits to the public which eliminated the need to create an elaborate 
design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about site planning and mitigation. 

Ms Mallet replied that the mitigation will be performed through the native plant restoration on each site. She noted that the 
land use issues had been predetermined and approved by the necessary environmental regulatory agencies before being 
presented to the Committee. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon was concerned that the design needed more attention. She stated that if it were to be a 
simple cube structure it needed to be elegantly proportioned. 

The Commissioners agreed. 

Motion to approve the Chloromine Conversion Project: Harry Tracey and Sunol buildings Phase 1. The 
Committee requested resubmission of the Pulgas building. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

III. San Francisco Zoo Quarantine & Holding Facilities 
Phase 1 

John Aikin, Director of Design, SFZoo presented the project to the Committee. He briefly summarized the project's history 
and stated that the current designs will be in keeping with the design standards established in the Zoo' s redevelopment master 
plan. The proposed facilities will consist of five different structures that are located in three different micro sites. The hoof 
stock areas will entail the remodeling of the existing structures. The bird holding area will require a new barn structure with 
an enclosed mesh yard. The walls will be wood and the shingles black asphalt. The fencing will be constructed from recycled 
plastic product. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if this was a more appropriate material than lumber. 

Mr. Aikin replied that it was manufactured from recycled plastic bags and that it suited the Zoo's cleaning schedule. He stated 
that a sample would be presented at the Phase 2. He continued his description of the project, and explained that the primate 
holding area will include solid CMU walls with boards and batten finishes. He noted that it was important to keep this area 
secure as humans were susceptible to the same diseases as the primates. The roof will be asphalt shingle. The animal hospital 
area will involve some simple modifications and improvements to the existing structure. The hospital's existing doors will be 
maintained as they were a WPA design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there were provisions for improvements to the pedestrian areas. 

Mr. Aikin replied that this will be covered by another aspect of the Zoo's redevelopment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that he was generally comfortable with the proposal, but that it was important to see the 
weaving together of each design component. 

Motion to approve the San Francisco Zoo Quarantine & Holding Facilities Phase 1. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

PV. San Bruno County Jail Replacement Project 
Phase 3 

James Cheng, Project Manager, DPW reported that there were no major changes to the Phase 2 design that was approved by 
the Commissioners previously. 

Michael Wang, Senior Associate, Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz provided a power point presentation that summarized the proposal 

Motion to approve the San Bruno County Jail Replacement Project 
Phase 3 

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Motion: Freebaim-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

V. Metro East Maintenance & Operations Facility 
Administrative Phase 3 

Ms. Gonchar reported that staff had reviewed the drawings and specifications and that there were no significant changes to 
the design. 

The Commissioners agreed to approve the project. 

Motion to approve the Metro East Maintenance & Operations Facility, Phase 3 

Motion: Freebaim-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

The meeting concluded at 4:45 p.m. 

Date: 062801 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the 
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I MISSION STEUART HOTEL 
Phase 3 

(Phase 2 approved with revised contingencies 03/19/01) 

Discussion: 15 minutes 

Clark Manus, Project Architect, Heller Manus 



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2. MUNI MMX Platform Modifications 
Project Status Report 

(Phase 1 & 2 disapproved 6/21/99) 

Discussion: 15 minutes 

Don Chee, Project Manager, Muni 

3 CHURCH STREET PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS 
LANDSCAPING PLAN 

Phase 1, 2 & 3 

Discussion: 15 minutes 

John Ricker, Project Manager, Peaceful Streets 

4. ZOO AFRICA EXHIBIT 
Phase 1 

Discussion: 30 minutes 

John Aiken, Director of Design, SF ZOO 

5. ZOO QUARANTINE & HOLDING EXHIBIT 
Phase 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approval 06/18/01) 

Discussion: 15 minutes 

John Aiken, Director of Design, SF ZOO 

6. CHLOROMINE CONVERSION PROJECTS 
Pulgas Dechloramination Phase 1 

(Phase 1 review 06/18/01) 
Sunol & Harry Tracey Phase 2 

(Phase 1 approval 06/18/01) 

Discussion: 30 minutes 

Patty Mallet, Project Manager, PUC 

7. Adjournment 






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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:15 p.m. 

I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, William Meyer , Rod Freebairn-Smith, 
Stanlee Gatti, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon 

Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Susan Gray 



Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director, Arts Commission opened the meeting and reported 
that the Mission Steuart Hotel will be continued to the next Civic Design Agenda. 

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Ms. Gonchar stated that the project was initially reviewed by the Committee in June 
1999, where the Commissioners had not approved the new platforms and had 
requested that Muni explore modifications to the existing platforms. 

Don Chee, Project Manager, Muni provided a PowerPoint presentation of the new 
platform designs to the Committee and stated that the new F-Line extension to 
Fisherman's Wharf had proved successful. He explained that Muni would extend the 
vintage car service to stops existing at Folsom, Brannan, 4th & King and Pac Bell 
Park. He identified the reasons why the existing MMX platforms could not be 
modified to accommodate the service. This is predominantly due to the fact that the 
vintage street cars only have single set of doors located at the rear of the car, meaning 
that two low level boarding platforms as well as two accompanying ADA accessible 
ramps will be required on either side of the track at each each stop. These new access 
points will be integrated into the existing median strip. The architectural finishes will 
be the same as the existing platforms. He noted that four palm trees will need to be 
relocated in order to accommodate the additional boarding areas. He stated that he 
had submitted the Art Enrichment Report. 

Commissioner Stauffaucher Solomon expressed concerns about the tree removal. 

Mr. Chee replied that the tree removal permit had already been approved and that the 
trees will be acquired by the San Brubo Jail. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that Muni appeared to have made every effort to 
accommodate access to the streetcars within the existing platforms. 

Commissioner Meyer was comfortable with the approach and locations, however he 
wished to see further development of the railing design. 

Mr. Chee suggested that they use the railing design that the Committee had approved 
for the existing PacBell Park platforms. 

The Commissioners agreed. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith was also concerned about the tree removal. He hoped 
that there would be a minimal amount of impact on the City's landscaping investment. 
He noted that the wheelchair ramps may be the most appropriate option as the City 
had a poor record of maintaining the ADA lifts on Market Street. 

Mr. Chee confirmed that this was the case. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed that the palm trees were an important urban design 
statement and that she would like to see Muni explore other options. 

Commissioner Gatti replied that he did not see any other choices. 

Jim Hass, South Beach Tenants Association stated that the Community was happy 
with the proposal as it would significantly improve the quality of access to the area. 
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The Committee recommend that the project be reviewed for Phase 1, 2 & 3 approval 
at the next meeting. 

ZOO AFRICA EXHIBIT 
Phase 1 

Don Alameida, Project Manager, DPW BOA introduced the project to the 
Committee. He provided an update of the other Zoo project's and reported that the 
educational center was now open to the public. 

John Aiken, Director of Design, SF ZOO explained that the while the area would 
suggest an African savanna the architecture will be in keeping with the existing 
California coastal approach that was established in the Zoo's master plan. He 
presented the designs for the giraffe and hoof stock barns, which included the 
standard material palette of recycled plastic fencing, asphalt shingles and board and 
batten finishes. The transfer doors in the giraffe enclosure will need to be 18 ft high. 
Public access to the area will be gained through a tunnel connecting to the entry 
village. The tunnel will include an observation area. 

Brian Miller, CLR Architecture reported that as the buildings will be predominantly 
used for animal husbandry and they needed to be utilitarian in design. 

The Commissioners were impressed with the design and the approach. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the Art Enrichment allocation had been 
identified. 

Mr. Aikens replied that it will go to areas predetermined in the Zoo's master plan. 

Motion to approve the Zoo's Africa Exhibit, Phase 1 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. ZOO QUARANTINE & HOLDING EXHIBIT 
Phase 2 & 3 

Mr. Aiken reported that the design was in keeping with the design approved by the 
Committee at the last meeting. 

Bill Hecker, Project Architect, Portico Group presented the materials board which 
included a fiberglass waffle roofing material for the Aviation Conservation area. He 
noted that this particular building appeared slightly more open and modern in design, 
however this was necessary to meet the bird's habitat requirements The accents on all 
the buildings will be silver and ochre. The roofing will be asphalt shingles and the 
fencing will be recycled plastic. 

Commissioner Gatti appreciated the effort to provide a consistent design throughout 
the facility. 

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different, however he understood the rational behind the design. He also appreciated 
the effort to use materials that would be in keeping with the Zoo's maintenance 
procedures. 

Motion to approve the Zoo's Quarantine and Holding Exhibit, Phase 2 & 3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

4. CHLOROMINE CONVERSION PROJECTS 
Harry Tracey Phase 2 

Carolyn Chui, Project Manager, PUC presented the project to the Committee. 

Mike Pierron, Project Architect, DPW BOA reported that the design had changed in 
response to the Commissioner's comments at the last meeting. He stated that he 
simplified the form into a simple box with a curved awning that would accommodate 
truck access to the facility. The colors included a more muted olive and dark gray 
which will appear more integrated into the landscape. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that there should be greater color separation between 
the two colors, or that they should be kept the same. 

Commissioner Stauffaucher Soloman agreed and suggested that the building should 
be more honest and utilitarian. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith said that it would be best if the building did not call 
attention to itself. 

Commissioner Cochran liked the proposal. 

Sunol & Harry Tracy Phase 2 

Mr. Pierron reported that he chain link fence will have a green vinyl coating. The 
columns will be blue and the concrete will be gray. The facility's open design had not 
changed since the last presentation. 

The Committee like the approach and especially liked the exposed tanks. 

Pulgas Dechloramination Phase 1 

Bonnie Ng, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE reported that the landscaping will aim to 
restore the existing area, which she described as a California oak woodland. 
Additional planting will help screen the facility and she noted that the existing 
arrangement of trees will easily lend itself to this approach. 

Mr. Pierron reported that the facility would be barely visible and that the design was 
reduced to a simple geometry with a metal roof that would extend over the truck 
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and suggested that the facility be located in area far from the water temple. He 
explained that the temple was intended to celebrate water within the landscape and 
that the proposed facility did little to support it's historic importance. 

Ms. Chui replied that the dechlormination process was the last step in purification 
process before the water was released which meant that it needs to be relocated near 
the temple. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith disagreed and stated that if it could not be positioned 
in another location, then the City should be investing in better architecture. 

Commissioner Cochran shared Commissioner Freebairn-Smith's concerns. However 
she said that she was comfortable with the project on the condition that the screen 
was an existing part of the landscape. He asked if anything could be done to place the 
building below grade. 

Commissioner Stauffaucher Solomon agreed and suggested a planted roof or an 
enclosing birm. 

Mr. Pierron noted that most of the facility was already below grade. 

Lesley Wong, Project Engineer, DPW BOE replied that they could not go any further 
down because of ground water located below grade. She said that they had done 
everything they could to tighten the facility into smaller parcel. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that he did not find the building anymore offensive than 
the power and telephone lines that invaded the area. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the planting plan would be diversified. 

Ms. Ng replied that she has included a number of diffrent species in order to 
diversify. 

Ms. Chui replied that PUC had done everything possible to exercise extreme caution 
with the site and that they were proceeding with EIR approval. 

The Committee agreed to approve the project on the condition that the colors be 
darker and more muted to blend into the landscape. 



Motion to approve the Dechloi oni ination Facility 
Harry Tracy and Sunol Phase 2 & Pulgas temple Phase 1 

Motion: Gatti 

Against: Freebairn-Smith 



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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 8 2004 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the 
item. 



^Agenda 

1. SFIA, TAG Aviation USA, Inc. Hangar Addition Phase 1 & 2 
Scott Holland, Project Architect, Design ARC 

2. Pulgas Dechloramination Facility Phase 2 (Phase 1 approved 7/16/01) 
Edmund Shum, Project Architect, DPW/BOA 

Bonnie Ng, Landscape Architect, DPW/BOE 

3. Muni Third Street Light Rail Phelps and Keith Substations Phase 3 (Phase 2 approved 
7/19/99) 

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4. Muni Third Street Light Rail Safety Fence 
Informational Presentation 

5. Treat Street Clubhouse Project Phase 2 & 3 (Phase 1 approved 1 1/20/00) 
Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW/BOA 

John Thomas, Project Landscape Architect, DPW/BOE 

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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Stanlee Gatti (to 
arrive late) 

Staff present: Rich Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Kress MacLaren 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith opened the meeting by announcing that he would 
chair the meeting until the arrival of Commissioner Gatti. The meeting agenda was 
amended so that discussions on items I and II (the SFIA, TAG Hanger Addition 
Phase 1 & 2, and the Pulgas Dechloramination Facility Phase 2) would follow the last 
three agenda items. 

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Ms. Gonchar stated that Phase 2 of the project was approved in October 1999. 

T J. Lansang, Project Engineer, MUNI presented the platform designs for the four 
substations planned for the Third Street Light Rail. He explained that MUNI would 
be seeking Phase 3 approval for the Phelps and Keith Substations. 

Jorge Alfaro reported that there were no significant changes from the design approved 
during the second phase of planning for the Keith Substation. The only notable 
change is the addition of a pre-fabricated fence that would encompass the building. 
The fence would be dark green. 

Mr. Alfaro provided information on the Phelps Street Station. The station, which is 
custom designed, features a flat roof, with stucco and brick veneer to blend with 
surrounding buildings. Small changes include a short fence that will enclose the 
building. There will also be improved landscape. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith asked what plans were made for landscape systems 
(i.e. sprinklers, timers, etc.). He expressed concern about the maintenance of the 
grounds, especially if the landscape fails. 

Mr. Alfaro replied that the station would have full-time maintenance. Martha 
Ketterer, Landscape Architect, DPW/BOE added that the plan calls for the use of 
easy growing plant material. They will also provide one year of maintenance to 
encourage the start-up of the landscaping. 

The commissioners agreed that the review was consistent with Phase 2 plans, but 
would postpone voting until the late arrival of Commissioner Gatti. 

3. Muni Third Street Light Rail Safety Fence 

Informational Presentation 

Bill Gamlen, Project Manager, MUNI provided information on a fence to be placed 
on a retained, cut structure to ensure pedestrian safety by keeping people from the 
retained cut and overhead wires. The station, located between LaCont and Mead 
Avenues, would use the same fence that has been approved for the Substations on 
Third Street. He stated that they are considering a galvanized metal for the fence. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that she supports the use of a galvanized metal. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired about the community's input on the issue of 
the proposed fence. 

Mr. Gamlen replied that they had gone to the community, and that there had been no 
negative response to the fence. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the fence would be consistent with the rest of 
the corridor. 

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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith raised the issue of the platform as a hostile pedestrian 
environment. He invited MUNI to consider proposals that could resolve this issue. 
Additionally, he added that the SFAC strives to serve the public as well as the 
departments working with Civic Design and Art Enrichment. 

4. Treat Street Clubhouse Project , Phase 2 & 3 

John Thomas, Project Landscape Architect, DPW/BOE provided an overview of the 
plans for the park. Members of the community named the park, Parque de Ninos 
Unidos, and the landscape will follow a Central and South American theme. Park 
trees will include Jacandas, Evergreen Pears, Maytens, Queen and Windmill Palms. 
There will be sitting areas along dividing walls, as well as bench seating. A garden, 
pavillion area and playground are planned. The play equipment may include a 
brightly colored preschool-aged structure, and a school-aged structure made with nets 
(pending ADA approval). Black and blue matting will cover the playground, with 
sand areas for play. Isis Rodriguez will do a tile project for the park's Art Enrichment 
element. Security lighting will be installed. 

Commissioner Gatti arrived at 4:00 p.m. 

Mr. Thomas noted that the Department of Recreation and Parks recommended that 
the "turf area be laid with an artificial ground covering. 

Nelson Szeto, Project Architect, DPW/BOA announced that he would be taking over 
the Clubhouse Project. He noted that no significant changes were made from Phase 1, 
and referred to Brooke LaBrota for further detail. 

Mr. LaBrota noted that the building has a full view of the park. The roof will be 
metallic, and will have zinc, embossed cladding around the exterior. The color 
schemes remain consistent with those presented in Phase 1 . 

Commissioner Cochran expressed support of the overall landscape and building 
design. She noted that Evergreen Pears don't always grow well. She also stated that 
she could not support the use of artificial "turf." 

Commissioner Gatti objected to the color selection for the preschool-aged play 
equipment. Noting that children are concerned with the form of the structure, not the 
color, he did not support the use of bright colors. Also, he disagrees with the colors 
chosen for the building. He feels that recent projects have been drawn to 
Southwestern color schemes not native to San Francisco. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked whether the color choices were community 
driven. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the community did not select the colors. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked how the park plans to deal with graffiti. 

Mr. Thomas replied that the stucco walls would have integrated color in a light sand 
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Commissioners Gatti and Freebairn-Smith agreed that they could not support the use 
of artificial grass. 

Commissioner Cochran suggested that they reconsider the used of blue and black 
matting in the playground area. 

Motion to approve the Treat Street Clubhouse, Phase 2 & 3, with the exception 
of the use of artificial ground covering in the area designated for "turf." 

MotiomCochran 

Vote: Unanimous 

Motion to approve the Muni Third Street Light Rail Phelps and Keith 
Substations, Phase 3. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

5. SFIA, TAG Aviation USA, Inc. Hangar Addition , Phase 1 & 2 

Scott Holland, Project Architect, Design ARC presented the plan for the 25,000 
square foot executive aircraft hanger located at the south side of the San Francisco 
International Airport. The plan calls to add additional offices, Scott Holland, Project 
Architect, Design ARC presented the plan for the 25,000 square foot executive 
aircraft hanger located at the south side of the San Francisco International Airport. 
The plan calls to add additional offices, storage space, restrooms and a staircase, 
adding 3,000 square feet to the one story metal structure. The plan extends the 
smooth, vertical siding. Other major elements include an enclosed stairway. The 
public side of the building that faces the bay has been landscaped. 

Motion to approve the SFIA, TAG Aviation USA, Inc. Hanger Addition, Phase 1 

&2. 

Motion:Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

6. Pulgas Dechloramination Facility, Phase 2 

Edmund Shum, Project Architect, DPW/BOA presented the project changes made 
after the Phase 1 review. The paved parking area was changed to include more 
landscaped tree areas. He presented the colors for the building. 

Bonnie Ng, Landscape Architect, DPW/BOE elaborated on the additional trees by 
noting that they plan to use mixed evergreens and oaks which are easily maintained. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that the landscape was good and that he would have 
approved it during Phase I. He feels that the color selection is questionable, but he 
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Commissioner Cochran agreed with Commissioner Gatti. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith voiced his strong, fundamental objection to the 
project. He stated that site planning should have started long ago. Now that it is late 
in the planning progress, he stated that he would vote on the issue brought before the 
committee during this phase of planning. 

Motion to approve the Pulgas Dechloramination Facility, Phase 2. 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote:Unanimous 
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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN. CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the 
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^Agenda 

1. Mission Steuart Hotel, Phase 3 

(Phase 2 approved 3-19-01 with contingencies) 
Clark Manus, Heller Manus Architects 

2. San Francisco Zoo, Savanna Hoofstock and Giraffe Barns, the Africa! Project, 
Phase 2, John Aikin, Curator of Planning & Design, SF Zoo 

(Phase 1 approved 7-16-01) 

3. MUNI MMX Platform Modification, Phase 1 & 2 
Don Chee, Project Manager, MUNI 

Roggerio Bittencourt, DPW-BOA 



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4. Downtown Pedestrian Signage Project Information Presentation 
(Revised Phase 1, 2, 3 approved with contingencies 3-19-01) 

5. St. Mary's Garage Utility Restrooms, Phase 3 
Allan Ward, Project Architect, DPW-BOA 
(Phase 2 approved with contingencies 2-26-01) 

6. Chloromine Conversion Projects 
Harry Tracy & Sunol Valley Facilities, Phase 3 
(Phase 2 Approved 7/16/01) 
Edmund Shum, DPW-BOA 
Bonnie Ng, DPW-BOE 

7. Other Business 

8. Adjournment 



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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran, Barbara Stauffacher-Soloman, Rod 

Freebairn-Smith, William Meyer 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Jessica Goodson 

The agenda was amended so that Item 5, St. Mary's Garage Utility Restrooms Phase 
3, was stricken from the agenda. 

2. Mission Steuart hotel, Phase 3 

Clark Manus, Heller Manus Architects, provided an overview of changes to the plans 
for design of the Mission Steuart hotel, and Laura Spanjian, MUNI Policy Director, 
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prior concerns, particularly in regards to the design and construction of an enclosure 
for the above-ground ventilation shaft on Steuart Street. 

Mr. Manus stated that changes would occur to the eastern facade to include a brick 
band in lieu of the cast stone band described in earlier plans. Additionally, a 
monumental canopy will be constructed over the pedestrian entrance in lieu of three 
canopies previously planned. 

Ms. Spanjian explained that the MUNI operator restrooms would not be relocated. 
She stated that MUNI has identified the location on Steuart next to the F-Line 
turnaround as the most convenient for its operators. She emphasized that MUNI 
favors keeping the restrooms separate from hotel operations because requiring MUNI 
operators to enter hotel premises could encourage mingling and complications in 
terms of access to the building. 

Ms. Spanjian stated that MUNI would not relocate an above-ground ventilation shaft 
on Steuart Street adjacent to the Mission Steuart hotel, but that MUNI would commit 
to design and construct an enclosure in conjunction with the Arts Commission and 
Heller Manus Architects. She stated that MUNI has already demonstrated its financial 
commitment to the project, and that they are cognizant of and sensitive to the impact 
of the enclosure design on the hotel. She acknowledged that the enclosure should be 
compatible with the design of the hotel. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Soloman asked Mr. Manus to identify the location of the 
ventilation shaft. 

Mr. Manus complied. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that the point of discussion was to show a possible 
enclosure for the ventilation shaft and to clarify how it will happen and how it will be 
financed. 

Ms. Spanjian outlined two major concerns: (1) the design of such an enclosure will 
take time, and (2) the minimum cost of such an enclosure is $200,000.00, while the 
best design would cost between $500,000.00 to SI, 000,000.00 to construct. Ms. 
Spanjian suggested that within the next couple of months, an MOU be drafted 
between the Arts Commission, and MUNI to define the criteria, timeline, and 
financing for the design and construction of such an enclosure. She stated, again, that 
MUNI is making a commitment to design and construct such an enclosure. Finally, 
Ms. Spanjian encouraged Commissioners to separate the approval for the final phase 
of the Mission Steuart hotel and the enclosure of the ventilation shaft. She offered to 
conduct a long-term study if necessary. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor for public comment. 

A member of the public stated that he believes it is not fair to delay progress on the 
Mission Steuart hotel due to the ventilation shaft, because the shaft is on MUNI 
property, not on hotel property. He asked Commissioners to approve the final phase 
of the Mission Steuart hotel. 

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Commissioners Stauffacher-Soloman, Cochran, and Meyer had no argument so long 
as a memorandum was drafted to include the following points: 

1. MUNI makes funds available for the enclosure within thirty (30) days of the time 
the developer takes control of the land. 

2. MUNI defines a budget between $250,000.00 and $500,000.00 for design and 
construction of the enclosure. 

3. MUNI defines criteria for the enclosure consistent with input from Heller Manus 
Architects, Arts Commission staff, and the City Attorney's office, the final design of 
which will be reviewed and approved by the Arts Commission. 

4. MUNI will complete construction of the enclosure to coincide with completion of 
the Mission Steuart hotel. 

Commissioner Freebaim-Smith thanked Michael Burns for the attention he has given 
to the Arts Commission's concerns. He added that, in contrast to Mr. Erikson's 
statement, the Arts Commission does not seek to delay the progress of the Mission 
Steuart hotel project. He stated that it is the Arts Commission's intent to both 
recognize the value of the hotel as well as support MUNI. He stated that the Arts 
Commission is acting in the interest of San Franciscans, and that the Arts 
Commission seeks to mitigate any detriment to the hotel that could result from a lack 
of attention to its northern side. 

Michael Cohen from the City Attorney's office recommended that the MOU focus 
more on simply securing funding and less on the timeline for completion of the shaft 
enclosure. 

Commissioner Meyer disagreed, insisting that MUNI make funds available within 30 
days of the time the developer takes control of the land. Otherwise, he feared that 
completion of the shaft enclosure would not coincide with completion of the hotel. 
Commissioner Meyer stated that the first payment should cover the cost of the shaft 
enclosure. 

Ms. Spanjian stated that she was reluctant to commit $250,000.00 because the money 
may be tied up in completed jobs that have not been paid. She preferred to commit 
$200,000.00 to the shaft enclosure. 

Commissioner Meyer responded, maintaining that MUNI should budget between 
$250,000.00 and $500,000.00 for the shaft enclosure. He stated that it should take 
highest priority. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith pledged continued involvement in the development 
of the northern side of the hotel. He stated that the current environment, a MUNI 
turn-around, is not ideal. He claimed that the northern side would become a back 
alley to the hotel if it was given over to public transit with no retail development. 

Motion to approve the Mission Steuart hotel, Phase 3, including changes noted 
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Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimously Approved 

Motion to direct MUNI, in conjunction with Arts Commission staff, Heller 
Manus Architects, and the City Attorney's office, to draft an MOU that 
addresses the four points outlined above. 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimously Approved 

3. San Francisco Zoo, Savanna Hoofstock and Giraffe Barns, the Africa! Project, 
Phase 2 

Paul Majka, Zoo Deputy Program Manager, outlined the plans for the barns. The barn 
materials will consist of wood siding (Plywood Till), wooden windows and doors, 
composite shingle roof, clear-stained cedar and redwood, and industrial lighting that 
is consistent with the arts & crafts style used throughout the zoo. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor for public comment. Seeing none, he closed 
public comment. 

Commissioners Cochran and Stauffacher Solomon offered no argument. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the arts allocations were flowing in a way 
that the Zoo is pleased with the Arts Commission. 

Mr. Majka replied that the Zoo staff is very satisfied, and that it has been a pleasure 
working with the Arts Commission. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the funds for art enrichment had been made 
available. 

Mr. Majka replied yes. He stated that a project identified as "Split Mound" is under 
management of Arts Commission staff, namely project manager Susan Pontious. 

Motion to approve San Francisco Zoo, Savanna Hoofstock and Giraffe Barns, 
the Africa! Project, Phase 2. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote: Unanimously Approved 

4. MUNI MMX Platform Modification, Phase 1 & 2 

Nancy Gonchar, Deputy Director of the Arts Commission, reminded the 
Commissioners that prior concerns related to the MUNI MMX Platform modification 
were the removal of palm trees and consistency of the rail design with that at PacBell 
Park. 

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Don Chee, MUNI Project Manager, presented the platform designs for the MMX 
Platform modification. He explained that the platforms at Folsom, Brannan, PacBell 
(2nd Street & King), and the CalTrain depot (4th Street & King) will have railings 
that match the existing safety rail at the PacBell platform. Mr. Chee introduced 
Roggerio Bittencourt, DPW-BOA, to explain the platform designs. 

Mr. Bittencourt explained that the platform materials and paint palette would remain 
the same. He stated that the design includes a platform of granite and sandblasted 
concrete and painted safety rails. The bars on the rail are flat, consistent with the rails 
at PacBell Park. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor for public comment. Seeing none, he closed 
public comment. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that the design looked consistent, and that other than 
her concern over the removal of palm trees along the Embarcadero, she was satisfied 
with the modification. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed his concern that the Arts Commission be 
able to respond to any inquiry about tree removal with mitigating information, i.e. 'the 
minimum number of trees were removed.' 

Mr. Chee responded that MUNI had the approval from the South Beach 
Neighborhood group and had secured proper permits to remove the trees. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the palms would be relocated. 

Martha Ketterer, DPW-BOE, stated that Rec & Park would take the palm trees. 

Motion to approve MUNI MMX Platform Modification Phase 1 & 2. 

Motion: Cochran 

Vote: Unanimous 

5. Downtown Pedestrian Signage Project 

Informational Presentation 

Ms. Gonchar stated that the Arts Commission met in March to discuss the colors for 
downtown pedestrian signage, and at the time Commissioner Gatti requested different 
colors for each neighborhood. Ms. Gonchar distributed copies of a downtown grid to 
each commissioner. The grid was labeled with numbered squares to represent the 
location of each pedestrian sign. She stated that it had been determined that the signs 
on Market Street would be painted blue with gold text, and the remainder of the 
downtown signage would be painted blue with silver text. It was noted that blue and 
silver are particularly appropriate for the Embarcadero/Port area of downtown. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that he is part of the anti-visual clutter/anti- 
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pedestrian signage. He said that the signs are for newcomers to San Francisco, and 
that while it may be intended to be amusing and jovial, the use of too many colors 
could be confusing. He stated that the use of color should reflect a system of signage. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon agreed, stating that the simpler and cleaner the 
design, the better. 

Rich Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs, stated that it was Commissioner Gatti who 
wanted to tie the signage to current district colors. Mr. Newirth also stated that for the 
time being this project will remain confined to the downtown area, hence the colors 
are limited to blue, gold, and silver. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that pedestrian signage is not the same as signage with 
directional information, that its design need not be as systematic. 

Ms. Gonchar asked for direction from the Commissioners. She stated that a motion 
had been passed and that the new colors were in accordance with that motion. 

As an aside, Ms. Gonchar related to the Commissioners that Howard Lazar, Program 
Director, Street Artist Program, has been asked to relocate street artists to make way 
for pedestrian signage. Ms. Gonchar asked Commissioners to be cognizant of the fact 
that the Arts Commission will not move any of the street artists. The downtown 
locations are already highly contentious because they are the most profitable spaces. 

Commissioners agreed that street artist spaces should not be affected by the 
downtown signage program. Additionally, the Commissioners requested that the 
project managers of the Downtown Pedestrian Signage Project should submit to the 
committee detailed signage location maps indicating that no signs were closer than 5' 
to any street artist space. The Commissioners confirmed the color choice for 
pedestrian signage. 

6. Chloromine Conversion Projects 

Harry Tracy, Pulgas & Sunol Valley Facilities, Phase 3 

Commissioner Meyer asked if any changes had been made to the facilities. 

Edmund Shum, DPW-BOA, and Bonnie Ng, DPW-BOE, stated that there were no 
changes. 

Motion to approve Chloromine Conversion Projects/Harry Tracy, Pulgas and 
Sunol Valley Facilities Phase 3. 

Motion: Meyer 

Vote: Unanimous 

7. Adjournment 

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PHASE 1,2 & 3 

Bob Nist Project Manager BOA DPW 

Daniel Bacon, Executive Director, Barbary Coast Trail 

II. JU VENIL E HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 

REVIEW OF PREVIOUSLY APPROVED DESIGN, PHASE 1 & 2 

(Phase 2 approved 2/26701) 

Chris Bigelow. Project Manager BOA DPW 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, Design Partnership 

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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Stanlee Gatti, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, William 
Meyer , Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith (to arrive late) 

Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. Barbary Coast Trail Kiosk 

Ms. Gonchar introduced Daniel Bacon of The San Francisco Historical Society. She 
stated that they were seeking a phase 1,2 & 3 approval for a kiosk in downtown San 
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Francisco Historical Society, gave a brief history of the Barbary Coast Trail and 
presented the scheme for the information kiosk project. He explained that the Barbary 
Coast Trail is an approximately 3.8 mile path that begins near 5th and Mission streets 
in front of the Old Mint building and terminates at Aquatic park. The trail is marked 
by bronze medallions imbedded in the side walk that denote historic sites and guides 
the participant to the next location. Mr. Bacon explained that the single-occupant 
kiosk would provide printed as well as audio guides. Mr. Bacon has identified three 
potential sites (listed in order of preference): 

1. 865 Market Street (in front of the San Francisco Center) between 4th and 5th 
streets 

2. Hallidie Plaza in front of the Bank of America at Market and Powell (near the 
cable car turnaround) 

3. 88 5th Street (in front of the Old Mint) between Mission and Mint streets 

Mr. Bacon informed the committee that he had submitted the three options to DPW to 
obtain an encroachment permit. Option 3 (88 5th street) was rejected. Options 1 and 2 
were accepted as potential sites. 

Mr. Bacon concluded by explaining that the aesthetic qualities of the design were 
inspired by the Victorian heritage of San Francisco. He was very interested in 
representing the "old" San Francisco by using specific architectural forms and 
ornamentation. 

Commissioner Gatti asked what materials would be used for construction. 

Mr. Bacon replied that the kiosk would be a combination wood and steel frame on a 
metal plate floor. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) would 
allow a wood structure in a public right of way. 

Mr. Bacon replied that his project was under the purview of the Department of Public 
Works(DPW), Bureau of Street Use and Mapping , not DBI. 

Commissioner Meyer asked who was the architect. 

Mr. Bacon replied that the architect was Edward Kaplan of Kaplan Architects. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the structure had an impermanent feel to it. 
Ms. Cochran also questioned the level of maintenance required for the kiosk because 
of the wood construction and need for periodical repainting. 

Mr. Bacon replied that it would require significant maintenance. The Barbary Coast 
Trail would be responsible for general maintenance. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that the project was a little too cute. 
Ms. Stauffacher Solomon felt that it was a 'Disneyfication' of the San Francisco 
architectural heritage and objected to the aesthetics of the design. 

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miniature. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith arrives at 3:20 p.m. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith apologized for arriving late and missing the initial 
presentation. Mr. Freebairn-Smith asks why a roman revival architectural vocabulary 
with Greek overtones was chosen for this project. 

Mr. Bacon explained that he wanted to use an architectural style that literally 
responded to the Victorian heritage of San Francisco. This would afford the visitor an 
obvious visual connection to San Francisco's history. 

Commissioner Gatti expressed strong dissatisfaction with the design and agreed with 
Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon's comments about the 'Disneyfication' of San 
Francisco's architectural heritage. Mr. Gatti also felt that a Market Street location was 
ideal for a information kiosk, but not this particular design. Mr. Gatti suggested that 
Mr. Bacon examine other precedents of urban furniture and kiosks, like the JC 
Decaux newsstands. Mr. Gatti strongly felt that the presented scheme had too much 
superfluous symbology and ornament. He suggested developing a scheme with less 
detailing and more subdued colors. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if changing to a more simple color scheme would be 
appropriate. She suggested a dark green. Ms. Cochran also expressed concern that the 
presented scheme looked like a doll house and that it didn't seem to have any 
contextual significance. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that simply changing the color or 
simplifying the shape would not necessarily be a successful solution. Mr. Freebairn- 
Smith stated that the danger is that it might become too simple. 

Mr. Bacon reemphasized his desire for the design to relate very specifically to the 
Victorian heritage of the city. He explained that the Barbary Coast Era spans a time 
frame from the Gold Rush to about 1906. This is the specific era he is trying to 
capture in the design. The kiosk is thematic in nature. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon agreed that the project is thematic and asked if 
there was another Victorian aesthetic that he could capture. For example, a 
greenhouse. Ms. Stauffacher Solomon expressed that this would still fall within the 
desired time frame while using a more modern material palette. 

Commissioner Gatti felt that the commission could not support the kiosk as 
presented. Mr. Gatti expressed that a phase 1 ,2 &3 motion was not appropriate at this 
time. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the square footage was too generous. 

Mr. Bacon replied that aside from accommodating one employee, adequate space for 
storage of printed material as well as the audio guide equipment would be required. 
The square footage had been minimized to only what was necessary . 

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Mr. Gatti asked that the commissioners attempt to give specific comments which 
would assist Mr. Bacon in pursuing a more acceptable design direction. 

Mr. Bacon remarked that he is not married to the design and that it could be revised. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon suggested that Mr. Bacon explore the 
possibilities of the green house aesthetic. It would satisfy the 'period' issue and would 
employ a more modern material palette. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that the design evoke the spirit of the Barbary Coast 
without mimicking the past. It should be a contemporary translation of the flavor of 
that era. 

Commissioner Cochran suggested that Mr. Bacon carefully reconsider the materiality. 
The kiosk shouldn't look or feel like a dollhouse. Ms. Cochran added that the design 
should blend harmoniously into the streetscape. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed that the architectural language used in the 
presented scheme belongs to a monumental scale of architecture and doesn't quite 
work in miniature. Mr. Freebairn-Smith asked it there was a kiosk design precedent 
from the Barbary Coast era that could be used. If so, a replica of an authentic period 
kiosk might be more appropriate or design something completely contemporary. 

Commissioner Gatti agreed with Mr. Freebairn-Smith, that if a literal connection with 
the era was still desired, it would be more appropriate to replicate a 'period ' kiosk. 
Mr. Gatti however felt that a modern design would enhance the streetscape more 
effectively. Mr. Gatti cited the kiosk designs for the Smithsonian Museum as 
precedents. The design is very sophisticated and modern. Mr. Gatti commented that if 
the content is worthwhile and historical it can be distributed from a contemporary 
design. Mr. Gatti felt that the potential sites were acceptable except for Option 3 (Old 
Mint). 

3. Juvenile Hall Replacement Project, Review of Previously Approved Phase 1&2 

Ms. Gonchar introduced the project and explained that the committee will review a 
revision to a previously approved design. 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA, briefly revisited the scope and design 
of the previously approved scheme. Mr. Bigelow explained that the previosuly 
approved scheme was still a possibility and would be considered an additive alternate 
pending the acquisition of additional funds. Mr. Bigelow then briefly described the 
scope of the revisions. Mr. Bigelow explained that the design presented today would 
be considered the new base bid scheme. 

Mark Ryan, Project Architect, The Design Partnership, presented the new base bid 
scheme. Mr. Ryan explained that the Civic Design Review was getting the first 
opportunity to comment on the revised design before they present to a special 
division of the San Francisco Planning Department. Mr. Ryan explained that with the 
revised design, they strived to maintain the overall integrity of the original design 
idea (i.e. maintaining an open public face, maintaining views from public spaces and 
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to retain the differentiation of resident spaces and nonresident spaces through the use 
of material and architectural vocabulary. Mr. Ryan emphasized that the revisions 
significantly changed the character of the 'public' face of the building. Mr. Ryan 
continued to explain that there were certain programmatic elements that were present 
in the previously approved scheme that added functionality to the building but were 
not required by law. These elements included the separate chapel and lobby. A 
separate visitation area was required. Mr. Ryan, explained that these programmatic 
elements were initially located in the glass building of the previously approved 
scheme and have been reduced and compressed into a smaller entry building toward 
the back of the site. In the empty space where the glass building used to be, a new 
entry plaza has been created which incorporates both hard and softscape to denote the 
entry. A new accessible path has been created to negotiate the approximate 16ft. 
grade change from street to the new entry building. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the sally port configuration had changed. 

Mr. Ryan replied that it had not. They were required to maintain the agreed upon 
transport separation between secure and nonsecure areas. 

Chris Bigelow asked Mr. Ryan to address the design revisions in relation to how it 
affected the art enrichment projects. 

Mr. Ryan pointed out that there where three areas that were to receive art enrichment 
projects: 

1 . in the housing units 

2. at the glazing of the entry building 

3. in the chapel 

Mr. Ryan explained that the only art enrichment project that would be effected would 
be the piece that was proposed for the chapel. Since the chapel is now combined into 
a multipurpose room, the placement of the art will need to be reconsidered. 

Commissioner Gatti commended the architects on the revised design. Mr. Gatti was 
impressed with the solution and also felt that the entry access was much improved 
from the previously approved scheme. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon felt the revised design was fine. However, the 
renderings seemed elusive. Ms. Stauffacher Solomon asked if the curved wall could 
be completely removed and expressed with softscape. 

Mr. Ryan replied that it was important to maintain a consistent architectural gesture. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the function of the adjacent service road along 
Woodside Avenue. Mr. Meyer asked if there was trash being stored there for pick up 
or was it a delivery zone. 

Mr. Ryan replied that it was primarily used for access to mechanical services and 
served as the pedestrian access to the adjacent buildings. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he did not share Commissioner Gatti's enthusiasm 
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previously approved entry building. Furthermore, Mr. Meyer stated that the adjacency 
and visibility of the activities along the service road was unsatisfactory. He felt that 
the view into the service road should be screened with architectural elements or trees. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about a tear drop shaped expression indicated in the 
site plan at the foot of the new accessible path. 

Mr. Ryan explained that it was a 2-dimesional paving pattern that expressed a 
volumetric expression in the lobby of the revised entry building. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed with Commissioner Meyer's concerns about the 
visibility to the service road from the new entry plaza. Ms Cochran also expressed 
concern about the ambiguity of the new entry sequence. Ms. Cochran asked where 
most of the visitors would be coming from. 

Mr. Ryan clarified that most of the visitors would be arriving at the top of the hill, 
north along Woodside Avenue. He pointed out that the existing visitor parking lot is 
located there, as well as a public transit stop. Mr. Ryan explained that it is the nature 
of the site configuration that visitors travel south along Woodside Ave., then rum and 
head east into the various existing and new buildings. Mr. Ryan explained that the 
new path would be well articulated with signage. Mr. Ryan also clarified that the 
service road was not within their scope of work and cannot be encroached upon. 

Chris Bigelow confirmed that the service road was not within the scope of work for 
this project . Mr. Bigelow also re-emphasized Mr. Ryan's comments about the 
approach to all of the buildings from the northern end of the site along Woodside 
Ave. Mr. Bigelow pointed out that the site layout is more like an abbreviated campus 
plan with many access points. The topography doesn't lend itself to a centralized 
entry. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed concern about the reliance on 
environmental graphics versus stronger site planning to get visitors to their 
destination. He was concerened that the entry was too subtle. Mr. Freebairn-Smith 
asked if another architectural move had been considered that would strengthen the 
entry sequence. 

Mr. Ryan concurs with Commissioner Freebairn-Smith that the entry is not as strong 
without the previously approved entry building. Mr. Ryan stated that the entry needs 
further study. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked a general procedural question regarding their 
requirement to present to the San Francisco Planning Department and to Civic Design 
Review. Mr. Freebairn-Smith was under the impression that this project was outside 
the jurisdiction of the Planning Department. 

Mr. Bigelow explained that they have to submit to a special review committee within 
the San Francisco Planning Department called the Urban Design Advisory 
Committee(UDAC). The UDAC is a free floating consulting group that can be called 
upon by planning department staff to review projects. Mr. Bigelow continued to 
explain that the UDAC has their own set of aesthetic criteria that governs the review. 
Further more, Mr. Bigelow explained that the review process is private. The design 



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architects are not allowed in the room while the project is being reviewed. 

Commissioner Gatti asked that each commissioner provide their final concise 
recommendations for the architects. 

Mr. Bigelow also asked that their comments take into consideration the buildings as 
well as the landscape. Mr. Bigelow pointed out that the material and color palette had 
not changed since the last approval. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that his primary reservations were with the unresolved 
entry sequence at the area where the path turns the corner and continues up the hill. 
He had no major reservations about the design of the buildings. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed with Commissioner Meyer's concerns about the 
ambiguous entry. Ms Cochran felt the buildings were fine. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon felt that the 'TV form over the front door was 
ominous. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith requested that the architects take a careful look at the 
entry plaza and perhaps emphasize the forced perspective that they have so 
consciously designed. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that he was satisfied with the revised design. Mr. Gatti 
asked Mr. Ryan if the comments made by the commissioners provided adequate 
direction for him to move forward with the design. 

Mr. Ryan replied that it was sufficient. 

4. Adjournment 

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4:00 p.m. 

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San Francisco 94102 



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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASEiS) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
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I. S2S GOLDEN GATE AVE 

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION 

Edgar Lopez, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

David Hobstetter. Principal in charge, KMD/STEVENS 

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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 4:15 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Stanlee Gatti, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, William 
Meyer (to arrive late) , Andrea Cochran, Rod Freebairn-Smith 

Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. Administrative Building-525 Golden Gate Ave. 

Mr. Gatti called the meeting to order and handed the floor to Edgar Lopez, Project 
Manager, DPW BOA. 

Mr. Lopez explained that the work presented today represented 50% schematic design 
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Lopez introduced the KMD/Stevens joint venture team: David Hobstetter-/CMD, 
Kristina Fe\\er-KMD, Michael Rossetto-£MD, Myles Stevens-Steven. 

Mr. Lopez handed the floor to Mr. Hobstetter to deliver the presentation. 

Mr. Hobstetter briefly described the format of the presentation. He explained that they 
have explored three options for the site. Each of which will be described in more 
detail by either Ms. Feller or Mr. Rossetto. Mr. Hobstetter informed the committee 
that this project would be the first green pilot program building for the city. The 
project has been graded against the LEED criteria of certifying the level of 
sustainability. 

Ms. Feller continued by explaining that the three schemes represented bench marks in 
their design process. She explained that their research into sustainable technologies 
was integral to the development of all three schemes. The goals for each of the 
designs was to integrate these technologies in a holistic way. Ms. Feller continued by 
saying that the the artists were also an important part of the collaborative design 
process. 

Ms. Feller presented scheme 1 . She explained that this scheme was the most 
conservative in terms of form and level of sustainability. This scheme has a 
"certified" LEED rating. Ms. Feller continued by explaining that this scheme was a 
typical office block layout that maximized floor area. This scheme also meets the 
minimum shadow impact as outlined in the EIR. 

Commissioner Meyer arrived at 4:25pm 

Mr. Rossetto introduced scheme 2. He explained that this scheme achieves a "silver" 
LEED rating. This scheme achieves a higher rating due to more aggressive use of 
sustainable strategies and technologies such as photovoltaic systems and operable 
windows. He continued by explaining that this scheme started to take on a more 
sculptural quality. Mr. Rosetto explained that by tapering the floor plates, they could 
maximize daylight penetration as well as reduce the shadow impact of the building. 
At the ground floor, an open public plaza/ garden was created. 

Mr. Lopez interjected to explain that the continued reference to the EIR and shadow 
impact reflected expressed concerns by the Tenderloin School. He explained that the 
motivation to address this concern was not a legal issue but more of a "good 
neighbor" policy. 

Ms. Feller presented scheme 3. She explained that this scheme achieves a "gold" 
LEED rating. This scheme represented the most dynamic design solution in terms of 
form and integration of sustainable technologies. She continued explaining that the 
scheme incorporates several sustainable technologies and strategies such as 
photovoltaics, passive cooling and winter gardens. The highly sculpted form also 
affords maximum daylight penetration as well as the lowest shadow impact on 
neighboring buildings. 

Ms. Feller explained that more unconventional sustainable technologies were also 
being researched such as wind power. The introduction of wind technology might 
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expressions. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed enthusiasm about the design strategy. Mr. 
Freebairn-Smith commented that using sustainable technologies and strategies to 
drive the tectonic expression was an extremely valuable and much welcomed 
proposition. Mr. Freebairn-Smith cautioned that the team temper their optimism 
about using wind power to generate energy. He suggested that a more beneficial 
integration of wind power might be to expel heat load in the building. 

Mr. Hobstetter asked the commissioners to comment on the formal qualities of the 
proposed building and the fact that it does not repeat the beaux art architectural 
language of the other civic center buildings. 

Commissioner Gatti agreed with the general design concepts. Mr. Gattti felt that it 
was extremely important to have public gathering places. More than mimicking 
traditional architectural language, communal gathering spaces symbolized the civic 
nature of a building. Mr. Gatti suggested that transforming the "winter gardens" in 
scheme 2, into interior communal spaces would be more appropriate. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon favored the "winter gardens" of scheme 3 but 
also felt that the public plaza in scheme 2 was strong. Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon 
appreciated the collaborative nature of the design process between artists and 
architects. 

Commissioner Cochran expressed concern with the outdoor space in scheme 2. Ms. 
Cochran felt that it should be enclosed in a glass curtain wall. Commissioner Cochran 
also expressed concern with the "winter gardens" of scheme 3. Ms. Cochran felt that 
the maintenance required would far out weight the benefits. 

Mr. Hobstetter commented that in light of recent national events, an open outdoor 
space such as the one in scheme 2 would find approval a difficult goal. 

Commissioner Meyer strongly opposed the proposed formal solutions. Mr. Meyer felt 
that the south facade facing the civic center mall should continue the established 
beaux arts design language. Mr. Meyer felt strongly that the portion of the building 
rising above the existing federal building should follow the precedents of the civic 
center. Mr. Meyer felt that the primary architectectural focus should be city hall and 
not an administrative building. 

Commissioner Meyer felt that the northern facade however, could take on a more 
modern expression and be more playful. Mr. Meyer also felt that the lower portion of 
the southern facade ,not seen from the civic center, could also be more expressive. 
Mr. Meyer also expressed concern about the curved expression at the northern facade 
and felt it should be studied further. 

Mr. Hobstetter noted that the the schematic design phase was still in process and that 
all of the commissioner's comments were well timed. 

Commissioner Gatti was satisfied with the overall design direction proposed by the 
team. Mr. Gatti concluded by expressing anticipation of the review of the finalized 
schematic design at the next meeting. 



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I MISSION AND STUART HOTEL 
MOTION: TO APPROVE MOU RE: NEW VENT SHAFT 

II. JUVENILE HALL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
REVIEW OF REVISED BASE-BID PHASE 1 « 2 

(Phas« 1 approved 9/T2/00).(PhaBe 2 approved 2/26/01) 
Cnris Bigelow. Project Manager. DPW BOA 
Ma/V Ryan. Project Arcfiterx Design Partngfship 

HI. NORTH BEACH POOL 
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Paulelt Teggart Project Architect Pautefl Taggart Arc»ir»ctt 
Jotm Jackson. Project Manager. Paulatt Taggart ArcWieciB 

IV. LACUNA HONDA HOSPITAL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Michael Lane. Program Manager, Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Project 
Ansfien + Allen Archtects/Gordon H. Cnong & Partners JV Team. 
Derek Parker. Senior Principal. Ansnen ♦ Aden Architects 
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.-Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn- Smith, Barbara Stauffacher- 
Solomon 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, Andrea Cochran 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor, Jill Manton, Nina 
Dunbar 

2. MOU-Mission and Steuart Hotel Vent Shaft 

Nancy Gonchar called the meeting to order. Ms. Gonchar informed the committee 
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proceedings. 

Ms. Gonchar briefly reviewed the scope of the MOU with MUNI and asked the 
committee if they had any questions. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he had no questions. Mr. Meyer asked for a motion 
to approve the MOU if the Commissioners had no questions. 

Motion to approve the Mission Steuart Hotel MOU. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. Juvenile Hall Replacement Project- Revised Base Bid Proposal 

Ms. Gonchar introduced Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA. 

Mr. Bigelow introduced the project by briefly outlining the issues raised at the last 
Civic Design meeting. Mr. Bigelow informed the committee that the budget had been 
further restricted and that there would be no additive alternate as discussed 
previously. The scheme presented today would reflect the entire scope of work for the 
project. Mr. Bigelow handed the floor to Mark Ryan of Design Partnership. 

Mr. Ryan explained that the revised scheme focused primarily on strengthening the 
entry sequence. A new grand stair emphasizes the approach to the new building off of 
Woodland St. The landscape along the western end of the site slopes down, screening 
the visitor's view to the service road. Mr. Ryan further explained that some cost 
savings were achieved by minimizing the number of new retaining walls. Mr. Ryan 
introduced the landscape architect, Pat O'Brien, who discussed the planting strategy. 

Ms. O'Brian presented the landscaping strategies and plant species that would be used 
for the project. Ms. O'Brian explained that most of the plant species chosen are 
perennials some will flower throughout the year. Ms. O'Brian further explained that 
an irrigation system will be installed, however, the plant species were selected for 
their drought resistance and low maintenance. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor for public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor for public comment and asked the committee to 
respond to the presentation. 

Commissioner Stauffacher- Solomon expressed satisfaction with the revised design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired about the environmental graphics concept. 

Mr. Ryan explained that the signage system was comprised of freestanding signs. 
Large freestanding signs perpendicular to the sidewalk at the new stair along the 
western end of the site and at the foot of the path along the eastern end provide 
information to vehicular traffic. Smaller scale freestanding wayfinding signs are 
located along the path leading to the entry building at the northern end of the site. 

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improved, however, Mr. Freebairn-Smith expressed concern that the signage might be 
too overbearing. 

Mr. Ryan agreeded that the signage could be more subtle. The challenge in terms of 
scale was to maintain a hierarchy between signage targeted to vehicular traffic and 
signage targeted to pedestrian traffic. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith also expressed concern regarding the budget for 
maintaining the landscape concept. 

Commissioner Meyer expressed satisfaction with the revised design. Mr. Meyer was 
particularly happy with the treatment of the new entry in terms of screening the 
service road. 

Motion to approve Juvenile Hall Replacement Project- Revised Base Bid 
Proposal Phase 1 & 2. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

4. North Beach Pool 

Ms. Gonchar introduced Paulett Taggart to present the new proposal for the North 
Beach Pool. 

Ms. Taggart explained that the scope of the project included seismic upgrade of the 
existing pool structure, addition of a new locker room and construction of a new 
clubhouse. Ms Taggart explained that the existing pool is currently sinking and 
requires immediate renovation. 

Ms. Taggart described the design concept as being driven by the architectural 
language found at the site. The proposed new clubhouse would incorporate a butterfly 
roof that responds to the pitch of the existing pool building. The facade of the club 
house will be glass, opening it up to the existing playground. Glass will also be 
incorporated directly beneath the butterfly roof. Ms. Taggert describe the clubhouse 
as a lantern for the community. The glass would also allow a passerby to catch the 
play of light on the ceiling created by the reflections of the water. 

Ms. Taggert continued to explain that the facade along Lombard street will be opened 
up with a combination of translucent and opaque finishes, giving the passer by a 
sense of what is happening inside. Ms Taggert finished by explaining that the existing 
pool building would be seismically upgraded with steel rod cross bracing at the 
exterior. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor for public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor for public comment and asked the committee to 
respond to the presentation. 

Commissioner Meyer disclosed that all of the commissioners present are residents of 
the neighborhood of the proposed project. He further stated that this fact would not 
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Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked Ms. Taggert if she anticipated any additional 
cost in relation to the foundation issues. 

Ms. Taggert informed the committee that she is currently obtaining cost estimates. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed satisfaction with the new design. Mr. 
Freebairn-Smith inquired about the fate of the existing mural. 

Nina Dunbar, Art Commission -Public Art Curator, informed the commission that no 
decision had been made about the preservation or removal of the mural. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired about the view the residents of the 
neighborhood would have of the roof. 

Ms. Taggert replied that most of the mechanical equipment will be enclosed and that 
the roof will be of consistent color and material. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if passive heating or solar power had been 
investigated as means to heat the pool. 

Ms. Taggert informed the committee that the building orientation was not ideal for 
passive heating strategies. She continued to explain that budget constraints limited the 
use of photovoltaic technologies. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed satisfaction with the overall design. Mr. 
Freebairn-Smith asked if there would be clearly marked signage that indicated the 
hours of operation. 

Ms. Taggart replied that signage already exists for this function. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon felt the design was much improved from the 
previously reviewed scheme. Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon expressed support for the 
removal of the mural. 

Commissioner Meyer felt that the design presented was a very sensitive and elegant 
response to the problem. Mr. Meyer also felt that the relationship to the existing 
building was well conceived. Mr. Meyer expressed some concern that the slope of the 
new club house roof structure was not the same as the slope on the existing building. 
Mr. Meyer felt that since they were so close, why not make them the same. 

Ms. Taggert explained that the size of the mechanical equipment required a slightly 
shallower slope. However, they would study the roof further to see if the slopes can 
match. 

Motion to approve the North Beach Pool Phase 1. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

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Nancy Gonchar introduced the project and explained to the committee that they were 
seeking a phase 1 approval. 

Derek Parker, Senior Principal, Anshen + Allen Architects introduced the project. Mr. 
Parker explained that the project is a joint venture between Anshen + Allen Architects 
and Gordon H. Chong & Partners . Mr. Parker explained that the project will be 
presented in PowerPoint. Mr. Parker introduced Jeff Logan, Design Director, Anshen 
+ Allen Architects and Gordon H. Chong, President, Gordon H. Chong & Partners 

Mr. Parker explained that the design process was clinically driven and was a 
collaboration between the community, hospital staff and the residents. He continued 
to explain that through this process the team was able to identify key design goals for 
the hospital. At the top of the list was quality of life for the residents. He continued to 
explain that one of the more significant issues facing the project was that the existing 
population could not be relocated during construction. The design had to allow for 
continual operation of the facility during the renovation. He explained that a phased 
approach would satisfy this requirement. 

Mr. Parker briefly described the site conditions and the history of the architecture of 
the existing buildings. He noted that the original project budget was 401.6 Million 
Dollars. However, due to fluctuations in the economy since the original bond was 
approved, they started the project 50.7 million dollars over budget. He explained that 
as of completion of the schematic design phase the project was back on the original 
budget. 

Mr. Parker explained that the resident units were designed to afford access to view, 
tranquility and comfort for each resident. He described the organization of the 
resident "households". Each "household" would have 15 residents organized in 3 
person rooms or a combination of double and single rooms. Each "household" would 
have a communal gathering space or "living room". Four "households" would be 
grouped around a central "neighborhood core". Nursing stations, dining rooms, 
kitchen, spa and service spaces would be located in the "neighborhood core". Mr. 
Parker explained that there would be two 7 story buildings and one 5 story building 
with this basic floor plan. 

Mr. Parker discussed that a new "link" building would be created to house all of the 
clinical programmatic requirements. This building would traverses the existing 
valley, connecting the new residential towers to the historic buildings which will 
house administrative functions as well as provide assisted living units. Mr. Parker 
further explained that this building will provide separation between the public garden 
and the private garden, at the eastern end of the site, with exclusive use by the 
residents. 

Mr. Parker concluded by explaining that the formal qualities of the new buildings 
responded to the precedents of the historic buildings without mimicking their style. 
The material and color palette, as well as the proportions of the windows and 
organization of the living spaces were designed based on architectural cues presented 
by the historic buildings. Mr. Parker also explained that their office has been 
consulting with the office of Sim Van Der Ryn to coordinate the LEED certification 
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Commissioner Meyer opened the floor for public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor for public comment and asked the committee to 
respond to the presentation. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the new path to the link 
building seems odd. Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon agreed that having a window in each 
room was an excellent idea. Regarding the tower, she would have liked to have seen 
the Spanish Revival style continued. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the overall presentation was 
impressive. He appreciated the professionalism and thoroughness of the presentation. 
Mr. Freebairn-Smith commented that he would like to see less buildings and more 
nature. He also expressed concern about the way the "link" building bifurcated the 
valley. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked how the scheme was able to obtain a certified 
LEED rating. 

Mr. Parker explained that through the use of recycled materials, enhanced air and 
water quality they were able to achieve the certified rating. He noted that this would 
be the first LEED certified hospital. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed concern about the quantity of hardscape for 
auto parking and asked if a strategy had been considered that took better advantage of 
public transit. 

Mr. Parker noted that the parking capacity had been increased by a modest 50 spaces. 
He continued to explain that a dialogue between MUNI had been established that may 
develop an opportunity for public transit to extend into the campus at key locations. A 
program is also in the works with the hospital that would encourage car/van pooling. 

Commissioner Meyer had no major reservations about the overall site plan. Mr. 
Meyer felt that the orientation of the link building was fine. However, he expressed 
concern about the plan diagrams in relation to the three dimensional forms generated. 
Mr. Meyer commented that he would like to see more elevation studies. Also, the 
roofs lack articulation. Mr. Meyer felt that the color and material finishes were 
satisfactory choices, however the model renders those choices too abstractly. 

Mr. Parker responded to the comments made by the commissioners. Mr. Parker 
explained that they decided against using the Spanish Revival style for the new 
buildings in order to maintain formal clarity between new and old buildings. The 
basic volumetric qualities of the new buildings respond to the architecture of the 
historic buildings. In regards to the parking issue, Mr. Parker agreed that it would be 
ideal for there to be less asphalt and more greenscape. They will explore those 
possibilities further. The building finish material will also be further explored. In 
terms of the roof articulation, he agreed that more study was required. Mr. Parker 
clarified that the location and purpose of the "link" building was determined primarily 
by pragmatic concerns. Horizontal access to all buildings is critical in maintaing 
efficient service. Mr. Parker concluded by explaining that the "link" building will 
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Mr. Logan explained that many of the issues raised by the commissioners will be 
studied in the design development phase. Mr. Logan noted that their design approach 
is sensitive to how the buildings meet the ground and address the skyline. The towers 
are essentially housing blocks where the "link" building is the icon. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he needed to see more graphic descriptions of the 
tower buildings and that they should be rendered with the same importance as the 
existing buildings. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon expressed concern that the relationship of the 
red in the towers to the red in the existing buildings is not congruent. In the existing 
buildings the red tile roof reads as a horizontal element not a vertical one as it is 
rendered in the towers. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith stated that if the towers are akin to some housing 
model, it is in contrast to the model the existing buildings represent. The Historic 
buildings are a mid-century idea about housing while the proposed towers are a late 
twentieth century idea about housing. In that sense the towers should have more of 
those qualities like open terraces for example. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that they return for the next civic design review for a 
joint phase 1 and 2 review. 

6. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. 



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I. BADEN VALVE LOT AND PUMP STATION 
PHASE 1,2,3 

Michael Pierron, Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Brian Gaiter, Landscape Architect, DPW BOA 

II. LANE STREET AND CROKER AMAZON PUMP STATIONS 
REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC 

Edmund Shum. Project Architect, DPW BOA 

III. MUNI GENEVA YARD ENCLOSURE PROJECT 
PHASE U 

Roger Nguyen, Project Manager, MUNI 
Miguel Tcllo. Project Architect, DPW BOA 

IV. 525 GOLDEN GATE AVE. 
PHASE 1 

(Informational Presentation 10/29/01) 

Edgar Lopez, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

David Hobsteiier. Principal in charge, KMD/STEVENS 

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1. ZOO WAREHOUSE & MAINTENANCE FACILITY 
REVIEW MATERIALS CHANGE, PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 approved 06/19/00, Phase 2& 3 approved 10/16/00) 

n. BADEN VALVE LOT AND PUMP STATION 
PHASE 1,2,3 

Michael Pierron, Project Architect DPW BOA 
Brian Gatter, Landscape Architect, DPW BOA 

III. LANE STREET AND CROKER AMAZON PUMP STATIONS 
REPLACEMENT PROJECT 

PHASE 1 

Barry Pearl. Planner, PUC 

Edmund Shum. Project Architect, DPW BOA 

IV. MUNI GENEVA YARD ENCLOSURE PROJECT 
PHASE U 

Roger Nguyen, Project Manager, MUNT 
Miguel Tello, Project Architect. DPW BOA 

V. 525 GOLDEN GATE AVE. 
PHASE 1 

(Informational Presentation 10/29/01) 

Edgar Lopez, Project Manager. DPW BOA 

David Hobstctter, Principal in charge, KMD/STEVENS 

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REGULAR CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 
Monday, December 17, 2001 

MEETING LOCATION 

3:00 p.m. 

Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher- 
Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Jill Manton, Rommel Taylor 

2. Zoo Warehouse & Maintenance Facility 
Review of materials change-Phase 3 

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Russ Meyer, Project Architect, GEZ Architects, briefly reviewed the previously 
approved project. He informed the committee that due to budget restrictions only the 
warehouse will be built at this time. The maintenance facility will be constructed at a 
later date. 

Mr. Meyer described the scope of the changes of the project was limited to a change 
of roof material for the warehouse building. He explained that the decision to change 
the roofing material was based on information provided by the contractor regarding 
the long term performance of the proposed corrugated cement tiles. The contractor 
informed him that the tile frequently cracked over the normal life of the product, 
allowing rain and moisture to enter the roof assembly. 

Mr. Meyer explained that the site conditions, salty airborne moisture and severe 
winds, required a material with high durability. He explained that his team had 
researched alternative materials that would meet the project's requirements in terms of 
durability and cost. 

Mr. Meyer presented as an alternative material, a heavy profile composition shingle. 
He explained that the shingle has excellent durability, especially in extreme 
conditions. The shingle comes in a variety of colors and can be cut and installed in a 
way that would give a tiled roof effect. Mr. Meyer told the committee that in terms of 
color they were considering a shingle with flecked earth tones. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon asked about the proposed pattern. 

Mr. Meyer explained that the pattern was designed to give depth and simulate the 
perception of tiling. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she did not like the the irregular 
pattern and would prefer if the shingles had a more regular pattern. 

Mr. Meyer explained that the the intent was to break up the flatness of the roof and 
give depth. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the entire roof would be the same material 
and color. 

Mr. Meyer responded that the entire roof would be of consistent material and color. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if they had researched any other materials. 

Mr. Meyer explained that they had researched other material, however budget 
constraints severely limited their options. Metals were ruled out due to climatic 
condition at the site as well as cost. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed with Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon regarding the 
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as well as a different color for the shingles. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that she could not really see the earth tone specs 
in the shingles 

Commissioner Meyer asked if they could hold the sample under an incandescent 
light. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon asked why they chose the composition shingle. 

John Aikin, San Francisco Zoo representative, replied that the durability against wind 
and the cost were key factors in their choice. He also added that the shingle system 
would work seamlessly with the proposed structural system. 

Commissioner Meyer asked for any final comments from the commissioners. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that she preferred a regular pattern and perhaps a 
white color tile. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she preferred a regular pattern 
with darker colors 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he preferred a regular pattern with 
darker colors 

Commissioner Meyer did not agree with the earth tone color because the earth tones 
could not be seen in the primarily black shingle. He preferred that a solid dark color 
be used with a regular pattern. 

Motion to approve Phase 3 roof material change from corrugated concrete tile to 
a heavy profile composition shingle with the condition that: The shingles will be 
installed in a regular pattern of either "shadow gray" or "charcoal gray" color 
as selected for the standard color options. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. Baden Valve Lot and Pump Station 
Phase 1,2,3 

Michael Pierron, Project Architect DPW BOA, briefly described the use of the 
existing pump station as a primary station that supplies water from the Hetch Hetchy 
to residential locations. The station also acts as an emergency pump station. 

Mr. Pierron explained that the scope of the project would include: replacement of 
existing 300 sq. ft. water sampling building with a new 500 sq.ft. water sampling 
building, seismic upgrade of existing pump station, installation of a new generator 
and diesel fuel tank, installation of two new surge protection tanks and air 
compressor. 

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driven by the events of September 1 1th. The intent of the building design was to 
create a low profile, high security structure. He continued to explain that there would 
be some landscaping as well. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the site and building design seemed 
too modest. Mr. Freebairn-Smith asked if the scope of the project could include a 
stronger landscaping strategy. He also commented that if the site is primarily seen 
from the street, then the design of the edge conditions should be carefully considered. 

Mr. Pierron replied that additional landscaping was a possibility, however, the new 
equipment was a priority. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the art enrichment allocation for the project. Ms. 
Cochran expressed concern about the visibility of the chain link fence. She also 
commented that tree species native to the site should be used and that the logo at the 
eastern facade be deleted. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon stated that she did not agree with the pastel color 
selection and would prefer to see a darker color used. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he liked the simplicity of the building design 
however, disagreed with Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon's desire for darker 
colors. He felt that brighter industrial colors should be used. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed with Commissioner Cochran's comment regarding the 
removal of the large logo on the eastern facade. 

Motion to approve Phase 1,2,3 with the condition that: A darker color palette be 
used, logo will be removed from eastern facade, non-native tree species will be 
replaced with native species and that landscaping will be extended to eastern 
and south eastern edges of site. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

4. Lane Street and Croker Amazon Pump Stations Replacement Project 
Phase 1 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC Planning Bureau, described the scope of the project. He 
stated that the PUC and DPW are preparing to demolish and replace two potable 
water stations. These two stations do not meet current operational requirements and 
are in a deteriorated condition. Mr. Pearl continued to explain that the current single 
story 400 sq. ft structures will be replaced with new single story 900 sq. ft. structures. 
Mr. Pearl introduced Edmund Shum, Project Architect DPW BOA, to describe the 
design concepts. 

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structure that would blend harmoniously within the fabric of the neighborhood. He 
explained that the proposed structures would be poured in place concrete with simple 
glass block details. Mr. Shum concluded by explaining that trees would be planted at 
the front of each station to soften the street elevation. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the proposed schemes had been presented to the 
neighborhood residents. 

Mr. Pearl replied that they had not. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the design was elegant and handsome, 
however, she questioned the contextual response. Ms. Cochran also commented that 
the Italian poplar was not appropriate because of its size. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the design was excellent and 
expressed support for the Italian Poplars. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith asked if there was any room to expand the program of 
the project to address community needs. 

Mr. Pearl replied that the program was fixed. He added that by upgrading the facility 
to meet current operational requirements PUC was addressing community needs. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he liked the monochromatic quality of the 
building. He also questioned if the form was an appropriate contextual response 
particularly at the Croker Amazon site. He commented that he would like to have 
seen drawings showing the building in context. 

Commissioner Meyer felt that a phase two and three would have been appropriate if 
there were more descriptive images. 

Mr. Newirth added that it was possible to obtain an approval at the full commission 
meeting if they brought the required drawings to the committee. 

Motion to approve Phase 1 
Motion: Meyer 
Vote: unanimous 

5. Muni Geneva Yard Enclosure Project 
Phase 1 

Richard Nguyen, Project Manager, MUNI introduced the project. Mr. Nguyen 
explained that the intent of the project was to create a practical and cost effective 
enclosure to protect MUNI's historic streetcar fleet. He explained that the new 
structure would also provide within the enclosure a new overhead catenary with 
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Mr. Nguyen also informed the committee that an EIR was underway and that the San 
Francisco Planning Department is currently reviewing the project. He introduced 
Miguel Tello, Project Architect, DPW BOA to present the design concepts of the 
project. 

Mr. Tello explained that the primary design concept was to create an industrial 
pavilion with a simple utilitarian form. The precedents of the existing buildings on 
the site dictated the scale and materiality of the structures. 

Mr. Tello explained that the structure would be made of wide-flange steel columns 
and beams with steel trusses supporting the roof structure. He continued to explain 
that the structure would be open on two sides. The enclosed two sides would be clad 
in corrugated steel siding. Clearestory windows would be framed with steel sections 
and tempered glass allowing for penetration of natural light into the structure. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that she was satisfied with the 
design. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the design was fine, but that they should 
consider a darker color scheme. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired if integrating Photovoltaic panels in the roof 
had been explored. He felt that with such an enormous roof area, it seemed like an 
appropriate and viable option. He also asked if this facility would be used for 
maintenance as well as storage. 

Mr. Nguyen explained that the structure would be used primarily for storage of the 
historic streetcars. He explained that any heavy maintenance would take place in the 
adjacent facility. Mr. Nguyen added that the Landmarks Commission had given their 
project a tentative approval. Mr. Nguyen explained that the use of photo voltaics had 
not been explored. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he felt the design was extremely inappropriate. Mr. 
Meyer explained that the aesthetic of the new structure does not harmoniously 
respond to the architectural precedents of the site. The new structure creates a third 
architectural style that clashes with the adjacent buildings. Mr. Meyer felt that the 
design was wrong for this context. 

Mr. Tello explained that the intent for the new structure was to create a design that 
did not compete with the grandeur of the landmark building on the site. The form of 
the new structure is driven by its utilitarian program and is inspired by other 
industrial building types. 

Motion to approve Phase 1,2 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote: YES-Commissioner Cochran, Commissioner Freebairn-Smith, Commissioner 

Stauffacher-Solomon 

NO-Commissioner Meyer 

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Phase 1 

Edgar Lopez, Project Manager, DPW BOA, presented the scope of the project. He 
explained that the project would be a new 14 story building that would house city 
administrative offices and city departmental offices. There would be 2 levels below 
grade for parking. A mechanical penthouse would make up the 14th story. 

Mr. Lopez stated that the project was scheduled to go out to bid in November of 
2002. He commented that the design presented today represented the end of the 
schematic design phase. 

Mr. Lopez introduced the KMD/Stevens joint venture team: David Hobstetter-KMD, 
Ryan Stevens-KMD, Kristina Feller-KMD, Michael Rosetto- KMD, Myles Stevens- 
Stevens. Mr. Lopez handed the floor to David Hobstetter, Principal in charge, 
KMD/Stevens, to present the design. 

Mr. Hobstetter reviewed the issues presented at the informational presentation on 
October 29, 2001. He informed the committee that the scheme presented today was a 
hybrid of scheme #3 presented on October 29th. Mr. Hobstetter explained that 
scheme #3 was the most favorable design however, it offered the least usable floor 
area. He continued to explain that the team worked in an additive fashion to increase 
the usable floor area and to refine the sculptural qualities of the building form. 

Kristina Feller, KMD, added that reducing the shadow impact as indicated in the EIR 
was also a key factor in the revised design. 

Mr. Hobstetter explained that the building design was a highly contextual response in 
terms of its environmental setting. The aesthetics of the building are driven by these 
qualities. The design is not a Postmodern aesthetic nor does it defer to historical civic 
forms. The design seeks to maximize sustainable strategies through a sensitive 
response to the solar and wind orientation of the site 

Mr. Hobstetter explained that the design can be understood in three layers: the 
northern facade which has a very high level of transparency to maximize natural light 
penetration, the eastern/western facades which have minimal fenestration and are 
more sculptural, and the southern facade which is sculpted and massed to respond to 
the adjacent buildings and the civic center. 

Ryan Stevens, KMD, added that the integration of photovoltaic panels in the roof 
system is a viable option in terms of producing energy for the building but also in 
terms of providing an opportunity for public art. The southern facade exhibits layers 
of enclosed spaces. The "winter gardens" that were shown in scheme #3 from the 
informational meeting have been transformed into enclosed "solaria". These are 
interior rooms with controlled exposure to the elements. The campanile element was 
included to strengthen the entry. Mr. Stevens explained that the exposed public court 
at the ground floor as shown in scheme #3 from the informational meeting was now 
enclosed. 

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Mr. Hobstetter explained that although the court was now enclosed due to pragmatic 
and security concerns the intent is still the same. The team recognized that Redwood 
Street offered an opportunity to create a dynamic public street that filtered into the 
public area of the building. The large enclosed public court also offers possibilities 
for another public art site. 

Mr. Stevens concluded by informing the committee that the revised design achieves a 
LEED rating slightly higher than silver. They were able to achieve this through the 
use of sustainable technologies and materials. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he was very much in favor of this 
project and that he was very excited that the city was taking this level of leadership in 
design and environmental concerns. Mr. Freebairn-Smith asked about the parking 
capacity and the proposed streetscape materials. 

Mr. Hobstetter replied that the parking capacity is 75 cars. He explained that in terms 
of landscaping the focus would be on Redwood Street. The landscaping will conform 
to the Civic Center standards. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the design team had considered covering 
Redwood Street to mitigate the wind. 

Mr. Stevens replied that it had been considered but was prohibitive in terms of cost 
and policy. 

Mr. Lopez added that the scope of work was limited to the criteria outlined in the 
initial E.I.R and budget. 

Mr. Stevens explained that the curved wall and the campanile would help mitigate the 
effect of the wind along Redwood Street. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the glass would be green. 

Mr. Stevens replied that the intent was to have clear glass rather than green colored 
glass. Cost will play a factor in the decision however; the glass will be as close to 
clear as possible. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the intent behind the sloped roof on the southern 
facade. She also asked if stepping the roof would reduce the usable floor area. She 
also commented that all of the facades seemed to be unrelated to each other, 
particularly the southern and western facades. Ms. Cochran asked if the facades could 
have more visual cohesion. 

Mr. Stevens explained that the sloped roof was designed to mitigate the shadow 
impact, respond to the roof forms of the adjacent buildings and provide an 
opportunity for art enrichment. A stepped roof would reduce the usable floor area. 

Mr. Hobstetter added that the artist, Ned Kahn is developing a kinetic sculpture that 
will be potentially located at the sloped roof. Mr., Kahn is calling the piece a wind 
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Mr. Stevens explained that the building intentionally has three different types of 
facades. Each facades responds directly to a particular sustainable strategy. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that she had a major problem with the southern 
elevation. She stated that it was too massive and didn't look civic. Ms. Cochran also 
expressed concern that the elevation seemed chaotic. She also felt that with the 
inclusion of a moving art piece there would be too many things happening on that 
elevation. 

Mr. Hobstetter commented that he agreed with most of the comments. He explained 
that the southern facade was still a major point of debate with the design team. It is 
something that the team agrees needs more refinement. 

Commissioner Staufacher-Solomon added that she agreed with Commissioner 
Cochran's comments about the southern elevation. 

Mr. Newirth suggested that a joint visual art and civic design committee meeting 
might be appropriate since the proposed art project is deeply integrated with the 
development of the building facade. He suggested that this could take shape as a joint 
informational presentation. 

Commissioner Meyer applauded the project concepts and presentation. He 
commented that the overall design was excellent. Mr. Meyer commented that he did 
not agree with the solution for the southern elevation. He felt that the portion 
viewable from the civic center should be more formal and contextual. The lower 
portion can be more contemporary in the way it addresses the street. Commissioner 
Meyer felt that the scale and materiality were satisfactory. 

Mr. Hobstetter agreed that the southern elevation should be examined further. 

Motion to approve Motion to approve Phase 1 of building presented including 
materials. Approval conditional on review of re-design of the project's southern 
facade in relation to the project's eastern and western facades. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

7. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m. 



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Monday, January 28, 2002 

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25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are 
prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the 
meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other 
similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Public comment regarding specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 



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1. THE ART INSTITUTES INTERNATIONAL AT SAN FRANCISCO 
REVIEW OF PROPOSAL TO REMOVE CONCRETE BENCHES 

Dan Fione, Ai Representative 

John McCullough, Ai Representative 

Donna Dessart, Ai Representative 

2. MAXINE HALL, ADA RAMP ADDITION 
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Nelson W. Szeto, Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Victor Talatala, Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Rodger Wong, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

3. LANE STREET AND CROKER AMAZON PUMP STATION 
REPLACEMENT PROJECTS 

PHASE 2 & 3 

(Phase 1 approved 12/17/02) 

Barry Pearl, Planner, PUC 

Edmund Shum, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

4. MUNI MMX PLATFORM 
ADMINISTATIVE PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 dissapproved 05/17/99), (Phase 1 & 2 dissapproved 06/21/99), (Phase 1&2 

approved 09/17/01) 

Don Chee, Project Manager, MUNI 

5. BEACH CHALET, REVISED DECK AND GARDEN PROPOSAL 
PHASE 1& 2 

(Previous deck design Phase 1 approved 03/15/99), (Revised design and landscape 
improvements Phase 2 & 3 approved 06/19/00) 
Robert McDonald, Project Manager, Rec and Park 
Michael Nolan AIA, Vice President, Smith Group 
Drew Padilla, Project Architect, Smith Group 

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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher- 
Solomon, Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. THE ART INSTITUTES INTERNATIONAL AT SAN FRANCISCO 
REVIEW OF PROPOSAL TO REMOVE CONCRETE BENCHES 

Dan Soine, Director of Public Relations, introduced Gail Cannon, Financial Director 
and John R. Mc Cullough, Director of Human Resources. Mr. Soine briefly described 
the history and curricula of the school. He explained that he was coming before the 
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the school. Mr. Soine explained that the benches were being used for drug dealing 
and usage, sleeping and loitering. He also explained that there was an inadequate 
police presence to deal with these issue. They are requesting that the commission 
approve the removal of the benches. 

Commissioner Gatti informed Mr. Soine that the commission was very familiar with 
the issues of the benches. Mr. Gatti opened the floor for discussion. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she was in favor of keeping the 
benches. She commented that they were similar in concept to the ribbon along the 
Embarcadero. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that if the presence of the benches is a direct 
nuisance to the daily function of the school then he is in favor of removing the 
benches. Mr. Meyer asked if the misuse of the benches was an enforcement issue. 

Mr. Soine agreed that better enforcement would reduce the misuse of the benches, 
however the benches were a major part of the puzzle. He explained that the school 
had considered designing and installing an art piece that would deter inappropriate 
use of the benches. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the Department of Public Works are supporting the 
proposal. 

Mr. Soine explained that DPW was ready to do the work once approval was granted 
by the Arts Commission. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he would not offer a vote of support 
to remove the benches. He explained that poverty and homelessness are societal 
issues not solved by the removal of a couple of benches. He commented that it was 
the choice of the Art Institutes International to move into a neighborhood populated 
by individuals dealing with these societal issues. Mr. Freebairn-Smith commented 
that it was disheartening to see such an insensitive proposal from an institution which 
graduates individuals who will probably face a life of financial struggle as working 
artists. He reiterated that he would not vote in favor of removing the benches. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed with the comments of Commissioner Freebairn-Smith. 
She questioned how effective the removal of the benches would be in alleviating the 
problems. 

Gail Cannon, Financial Director, explained the entering and leaving the building was 
sometimes a problem. She explained that there is constant gambling and drug 
trafficking going on in and around the entrance. Ms. Cannon felt that the issue was 
not one of homelessness but illegal activity. 

John McCullough, Director of Human Resources, explained that students, staff and 
faculty have reported being attacked and accosted by individuals loitering around the 
school. Mr. McCullough reiterated that the issue was one of crime not homelessness. 

Motion: Stanlee Gatti 
Vote: 



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Yes- William Meyer, Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon, Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti 
No- Rod Freebairn-Smith 

3. MAXINE HALL, ADA RAMP ADDITION 
PHASE 1,2,3 

Roger Wong, project manager, DPW BOA introduced the project team. Mr. Wong 
described the scope of the project as an interior renovation and ADA ramp addition. 

Motion: William Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

4 LANE STREET AND CROKER AMAZON PUMP STATION 
REPLACEMENT PROJECTS 
PHASE 2 & 3 

Edmund Shum, project architect, DPW BOA introduced the project team. Mr. Shum 
briefly reviewed the scope of the project and the new perspective drawings showing 
how the pump stations would fit into the context of the neighborhood. 

Motion: William Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

5. MUNI MMX PLATFORM 
ADMINISTRATIVE PHASE 3 

Nancy Gonchar explained that there had been no change made to the project and that 
it was coming before the commission for an administrative phase 3 approval 

Motion: Stanlee Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

6. BEACH CHALET, REVISED DECK AND GARDEN PROPOSAL 
PHASE 1& 2 

Robert MacDonald, project manager, Rec and Park introduced Gar Trupelli, President 
of the Beach Chalet. Mr. MacDonald explained that the landmarks commission had 
reviewed and approved the proposed renovation. 

Gar Trupelli briefly described the history of the project. He explained that the original 
proposal was over budget. They have since retained the services of the Smith Group 
to revise the design. He introduced Drew Padilla and Michael Nolan of the Smith 
Group to present the project. 

Drew Padilla, project architect, the Smith Group described the major design concepts. 
The project is a new deck which will provide an open air dining area for the 
restaurant. The wood post and beam structure is fabricated on a raised concrete 
platform. The program includes two new support structures which will house storage 
and preparation space for outdoor dining. The primary building materials are wood, 
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Commissioner Cochran commented that the stone treatment seemed out of context 
since there was no stone used anywhere else on the existing building. She commented 
that if the stone is to be used it should be thicker. It seems like a veneer. Ms. Cochran 
questioned the geometry of the planters. She felt that the design was much to busy. 

Commissioner Meyer agreed with Commissioner Cochran's statements. He 
commented that it would be more appropriate and cheaper to use stucco instead of 
stone. He also commented that he didn't agree with the use of flimsy plastic as a wind 
shield for the deck. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the addition would be stronger 
if it responded more literally to the architectural precedents of the existing building. 
She commented that the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the addition clashed with the 
Beaux Arts aesthetic of the existing building. 

Mr. Trupelli explained that they had come before the commission before and the 
comments were exactly the opposite. The commissioners felt that it shouldn't mimic 
the architectural style of the existing building. 

Commissioner Gatti commented that the design was completely inappropriate for this 
building. He commented that the proposed design offered no relationship to the 
existing architectural style in terms of form or materiality. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the lack of vegetation in the 
perspective rendering hurts the presentation. He explained that there is a wonderful 
architectural tradition that uses the trellis/stucco wall typology. He sited Eric Gill and 
the architecture of Tuscany. Mr. Freebairn-Smith commented that the budget is 
always a concern but felt that the design had been trivialized by these concerns. 

Mr. Truppelli commented that the design was conceived form a service standpoint. 
The original design did not work in terms of service. The scheme was also over 
budget. He explained that in terms of aesthetics the columns were too massive and 
diminished the feeling of an open air restaurant. 

Mr. Padilla asked if the commissioners could summarize the major issues they have 
with the presented scheme. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the project should have more visual 
weight, a greater sense of material connection to the existing building and that formal 
site planning should be explored. 

Ms. Gonchar suggested that the team schedule an informal meeting with up to two 
commissioners if they wanted more feedback before they presented to the entire 
review committee. 

7. Adjournment 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the 
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1. BROADWAY STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Judi Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW 

Peter Bosselmann, Urban Designer, Intergraph Design 

2. THIRD STREET LIGHT RAIL PLATFORM FINISHES/SIGNAGE 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 approved 5/10/99, Phase 2 approved 7/19/99) 

Sue Olive, Project Manager, MUNI 

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PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 approved 9/12/00, Phase 2 approved 2/26/01 

Revised Phase 1 & 2 Base Bid approved) 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA 

4 ST. MARYS GARAGE UTILITY RESTROOMS 
PHASE 3 

(Phase 1 approved 1/22/01, Phase 2 approved 2/26/01) 
Allan Ward, Project Architect, DPW BOA 

5 ADJOURNMENT 



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^ Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher- 
Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project-Between Montgomery Street and 
Battery Street 

Phase 1 

Commissioner Meyer called the meeting to order. 



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Judi Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW briefly described the history of the project. 
She explained that the scope of the project was to extend from The Embarcadero to 
Columbus street. Ms. Mosqueda explained that they were seeking approval for the 
phase of the project extending form Montgomery street to Battery street. Pending 
additional funding they will return for approval of the subsequent portions of the 
project. She explained that the community had played an integral part in generating 
this conceptual scheme. Ms. Mosqueda introduced Peter Bosselmann to present the 
conceptual design. 

Peter Bosselmann, Urban Designer, Intergraph Design, explained that there were 
three primary ideas driving the design. The first idea was light. He explained that 
where Broadway meets The Embarcadero there would be a series of large scale light 
posts that signal the beginning of the boulevard. These lights would march up 
Broadway for one block. The scale of the lights would decrease in size as they move 
up Broadway. The fixture type would change to the standard light fixture along The 
Embarcadero. The second feature would be the tree planting. This strategy would be 
implemented by extending the width of the side walk at intersections to accommodate 
these new trees. The intent is to create a dense line of trees along the length of the 
street. The final strategy is tied to the implementation of the tree planting. The 
widened sidewalk will reduce the width of Broadway at the intersections from 65' to 
46'. This creates a safer pedestrian crossing environment. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if they had a light fixture design for review. 

Mr. Bosselmann explained that the fixtures would match the standard along the 
Embarcadero except for the block from The Embarcadero to Front street. This block 
would utilize a more modern design. 

Ms. Mosqueda commented that the final design for those fixtures would be presented 
to the community for feedback and revisions. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked about the intended tree species. 

Ms. Mosqueda commented that tree species had not been selected. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he was in favor of improving the 
Broadway corridor however, he was concerned about the proposed density of trees 
and if it was a feasible design. He also commented that a strong public art component 
would be of great benefit to the design. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the road section could be clarified. She also asked if 
the scheme had been coordinated with existing underground utilities. 

Mr. Bosselmann explained that the existing sidewalks were 12' wide. The proposed 
scheme increases the width of the sidewalk to 19' at the corners. This widened portion 
will accommodate the new tree planting and decrease the street crossing distance for 
the pedestrian. He further explained that some preliminary analysis had been 
conducted. He explained that more complete coordination will occur during the 
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Commissioner Cochran asked if the local merchants were in agreement about having 
their signs blocked by the new trees. 

Ms. Mosqueda explained that during their presentation in the summer of 1999 that the 
merchants were in favor of the scheme. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the scale of the street lights and about the size of 
the tree wells. 

Mr. Bosselmann explained that the street lights were 16' high. He explained that they 
should be slightly higher than the point were the trees start to branch. The tree wells 
will be 5' in diameter or 5' squares. He explained that the intent was to plant mature 
trees. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon asked how the trees would be protected against 
being damaged by automobiles. 

Mr. Bosselmann explained that bollards would be installed to protect the trees. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon asked if they had considered using neon instead 
of typical streetlights. 

Ms Mosqueda commented that the use of neon had not been explored. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he was in favor of this two block design. He 
asked about the paving pattern for the bulb outs. 

Mr. Bosselmann explained that due to funding restrictions they wanted to spend the 
money on the trees and lights. The paving pattern will be a simple 3'x3' concrete 
paver. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the design is competent however 
uninspiring. He asked whether a more progressive design had been explored. Mr. 
Freebairn-Smith commented that the tree scheme did not speak to the present of 
historical character of Broadway. He felt that the blocks from Kearny to Columbus 
were particularly important to reexamine. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed with Commissioner Freebairn- Smith's comments. 

Commissioner Meyer disagreed with Commissioner Freebairn-Smith's comments. He 
felt that nostalgic desires for a historical Broadway would not serve the city. He 
explained that he wants to see a clean and completely gentrified street that welcomes 
its visitors. He wants a safe environment that fosters street activity. Mr. Meyer 
commented that the gateway at The Embarcadero and Broadway still needs a lot of 
work and should be reexamined carefully. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith agreed that a gateway should exist in the scheme 
however, the proposal that has been presented is not acceptable. 

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Vote: Unanimous 

3. Third Street Lightrail Platform Finishes/Sign age 
Phase 3 

Sue Olive, Project Manager, MUNI briefly described the history of the project. She 
Introduced Toby Levy to present the project modifications. 

Toby Levy, Principal, Toby Levy Design Partners, explained that the major 
modifications had to do with ADA requirements. The 15' wide platforms were 
increased to 17', the 10' wide platforms were increased to 12' per ADA requirements. 
The platform color distribution changed. There will be more dark colored tiles and 
less light colored ones. The decision was based on long term maintenance issues. To 
accommodate the visually impaired riders the crossing platform will change to a 
lighter color indicating safe areas. In terms of the signage, the only major 
modification was to the expression of the street letters. The letters will now be in 
closed in a matching colored box over the background design. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired about clarifying the language on the front of 
the drawing set which indicated that this is a 95% submittal. 

Sue Olive explained that the drawings had not received stamps from all of the city 
agencies. As far as design the set is complete. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked why the chairs had been modified. He also 
asked about the strategy to shed water from the canopies. 

Toby Levy replied that the seat backs had been removed from the chairs to comply 
with ADA requirements. The rainwater leaders were integrated into the the vertical 
steel posts. 

Commissioner Meyer inquired if the unique shape of the ADA signage was code 
compliant. 

Michael Manwaring replied that they were. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

4. Juvenile Hall Replacement Project 
Phase 3 

Chris Bigelow, Project Manager, DPW BOA, presented the modifications to the 
previously approved Phase 2 design scheme. He explained that a new classroom was 
added to the rear of the facility and a new mechanical room was added adjacent to 
and to the rear of the existing juvenile hall. He explained that these two buildings 
would have no visual impact to the overall design. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 



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5. St. Mary's Garage Utility Restrooms 
Phase 3 

Alan Ward, Project Manager, DPW introduces the project and briefly presents the 
project history. He explains that the modifications made were in response to 
contingencies from the Phase 2 approval. The ridgeline of the overhang off the roof to 
the bathroom needed to be reduced and the landscape plan needed to relate to the 
master plan for that area. He explained that these changes were made. 

Motion: Andrea Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

6. Adjournment 

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RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE. RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT, PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
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I. ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUULDING-S2S GOLDEN GATE AVE. 
PHASE 2 

(Phase 1 approved 12/17/01) 

Edgar Lopez. Project Manager, DPW BOA 

David Hobstcttcr. Principal, KMD 

IT. Discussion of City Wide Building Security Issues 

Commissioner William Meyer 

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REGULAR CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 



Monday, April 15, 2002 

MEETING LOCATION 

3:00 p.m. 

Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
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Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission 
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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher- 
Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Jill Manton, Rommel Taylor 

2. 525 Golden Gate Ave. 
Phase 2 

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Kristina Feller, KMD-Stevens, briefly revisits the previous design schemes and the 
design process. 

Commissioner Meyer explains that she should focus her presentation on design 
changes, if any, that have occurred since the Phase 1 approval. 

Ms. Feller explained that the revisions made by the design team focused on the 
southern facade and on refining the integration of the art pieces. 

David Hobstetter presented the revisions to the southern facade. He explained that the 
changes to the overall massing related to the architectural precedents at the civic 
center. 

Ryan Stevens explained that there were three primary massing strategies that related 
the proposed design to its context. The first was the "shoulder" which defines the 
articulation of the south eastern corner of the facade. The second was the "profile" 
which defines the curvature along the southern facade. The third was the "benches" 
which defines the vertical massing along the southern facade. Mr. Ryan continued to 
explain that these architectural strategies were used to visually connect the new 
building with the civic center in general and its neighbor immediately to the east. 

Myles Stevens briefly reviewed the proposed public art proposals by Ned Kahn and 
Anna Murch. He explained that Mr. Kahn's piece would be located inside the thermal 
chimney on the southern facade. The piece will be a kinetic sculpture that responds to 
the flow of warm are through the thermal chimney. Mr. Stevens introduced Ms 
Murch to describe her public art proposal 

Anna Murch explained that her idea was inspired by the diverse natural geology in 
the San Francisco Bay Area. She continued to explain that light, texture and color 
would be used to reveal the complex geological history of San Francisco. The piece 
would be narrative, told as one ascended the building. Ms. Murch explained that the 
the physical quality of the piece was still being conceived and the location will be in 
the campanile along the northern facade. 

Mr. Stevens added that both art pieces have and educational aspect to them. Mr. 
Kahn's piece reveals in a dynamic way the sustainable design idea of the thermal 
chimney and Ms. Murch's idea speaks about the environment that these sustainable 
strategies seek to protect. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she would like Ms. Murch's 
piece to have a tactile quality and not just be visual. 

Commissioner Meyer asked about the profile of the vertical element along the 
southeast facade. 

Ryan Stevens responded that it was part of the thermal chimney and that the form 
also aided in diverting severe wind. 

Commissioner Rod Freebairn-Smith asked if there would be a graphical interface that 
would help visitors understand Ms. Murch's art piece. 



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Mr. Stevens responded that the Department of the Environment will probably have a 
permanent exhibition about the building that will include descriptions of the art 
pieces. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the design was satisfactory. 

Commissioner Rod Freebairn- Smith commented that he was in support of the overall 
design proposal. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she was very pleased with Ms. 
Murch's proposal in particular and the architectural design in general. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he is in support of most of the design proposal 
however still does not agree with the slant of the roof along the northern facade. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: 

Yes- Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon, Andrea Cochran 
No- William Meyer 

3. Discussion of City Wide Building Security Issues 

Rommel Taylor presented a overview of the meeting on April 1 1 , 2002 with Stephen 
Shotweld and various city agency representatives. 

4. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. 



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Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the Item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be 
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^AGENDA 

1. Emperor Norton Memorial 

Review of Proposed Gift to the Gty of Statue of Emperor Norton 
Presenrors: John Caulder, Dan Macchiarini 

Motion: Motion lo approve the design concept tor the Emperor Norton Memorial for Telegraph Hill at Vallcjo/ Kearny at the top of the 
Macchiarini steps. 

2. Adjournment 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 

MEETING LOCATION 

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Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 4:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Ralph Guggenheim, William Meyer, Rod Freebairn- Smith, 
Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon, Dugald Stermer, Dede Wilsey 

Commissioners absent: Andrea Cochran, Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Jessica Goodson, Nancy Gonchar, Debra Lehane, Michelle Liapes, 
Richard Newirth, Rommel Taylor 

2. Emperor Norton Memorial 

Review of Proposed Gift to the City of Statue of Emperor Norton 
Presenters: John Caulder, Dan Macchiarini 



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Debra Lehane, Program Director Civic Art Collection, briefly summarized the project 
proposal and history. Ms. Lehane introduced John Calder, design architect, to present 
the revised proposal. 

John Calder explained that he was here to address specific concerns expressed by 
residents of the Telegraph Hill community. He explained that there were three 
primary concerns: 1. The scale of the sculpture 2. Security 3. Loss of usable area. 
Regarding the issue of the scale of the sculpture, he explained that the statue was not 
16' tall. The overall height of the piece is 12'. The statue of Emperor Norton is 8' tall 
and sits on a 4' base. Mr. Calder explained that there wouldn't be any new security 
issues with the proposal. He had been in conversation with the SFPD and was 
informed that the existing patrol schedule and frequency would not be changed. 
Regarding the issue of loss of square footage he explained that the total overall loss in 
area is approximately 8 sq. ft. maximum. 

Mr. Calder continued to explain that the statue had been located to conform with 
DPW design guidelines which require a 15' sidewalk clearance either in front or in 
back of the statue. The revised design reflects compliance with this requirement. The 
front of the statue is 5' away from the curb along Vallejo street with 15' clear 
sidewalk space. 

Mr. Clader explained that all members of the community that opposed the design had 
been contacted and invited to comment on the design. He said that he had not 
received any response. Mr. Calder continued to explain that he harbors no ulterior 
motives within the proposal. The intent of the project is honor the life of Emperor 
Norton and to honor the work designed by the late Peter Macchiarini of Emperor 
Norton. 

Ms. Lehane clarified that the sculpture presented is an enlargement of a smaller piece 
designed and crafted by the late Peter Macchiarini honoring Emperor Norton. 

Daniel Macchiarini read a prepared statement as a response to recent statements about 
the project. Mr. Macchiarini presented a printed copy of the statement to the 
commission for the public record. 

Commissioner Guggenheim opened the floor to public comment. 

Sherry O'Donnell expressed support for the project. 

Sean Kilcoyne expressed opposition to the project. 

Marvin Kasoff expressed opposition to the project. 

Edward Brooks expressed support for the project. 

Ward Dunham expressed support for the project. 

Michelle Johnson expressed opposition to the project. 

Gerry Hurtado expressed opposition to the project. 



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John Barnes expressed opposition to the project. 

Bob Planthold expressed support for the project. 

Gerry Crowley expressed support for the project. 

Claude Allen expressed opposition to the project. 

Jeanette Conley expressed support for the project. 

Suzanne Nelson expressed support for the project. 

Patricia Cady expressed opposition to the project. 

Mede Goldstone expressed support for the project. 

Commissioner Guggenheim closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith responded to Mr. Plantholds's public testimony 
regarding the use of DPW funds for beautification of Telegraph Hill. He explained 
that the information was obtained from the outgoing Telegraph Hill Dwellers chair, 
Julie Christiansen and that he didn't say that they were beautification funds. The 
DPW funds in question are allocated toward pavement improvements and his inquiry 
was toward the possibility of those funds being converted for use in improving the 
entire block. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he is also a Telegraph Hill Dweller 
and that he has been involved in the process of improving the area for quite some 
time. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith verbally presented a draft motion for the committee 
to discuss. Mr. Freebairn-Smith also distributed printed copies of this draft motion to 
the commissioners and for the public record. 

Commissioner Stermer commented that he has an considerable amount of respect for 
the late Peter Macchiarini as a jewelry maker however, he feels that the sculpture of 
Emperor Norton is substandard. Mr. Strermer commented that although he has 
aesthetic concerns with the sculpture he does support the concept of commemorating 
Emperor Norton. 

Commissioner Stauffacher- Solomon agreed with commissioner Stermer. She 
commented that as a small scale maquette the design works well however, it does not 
translate well as a large scale sculpture. Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon explained that she 
supports the conceptual idea of a project honoring Emperor Norton but does not 
support the design presented. 

Commissioner Wilsey commented that she was in favor of the concept however did 
not like the design presented. She explained that the sculpture was to tall. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he had major concerns with the orientation of 
the statue. Mr. Meyer explained that he needed to see more design studies that 

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showed the view looking up Keamy from Broadway and down Kearney street from 
Green. He also commented that more studies investigating alternative placements was 
necessary. Mr. Meyer also agreed with the idea of having some type of tribute to 
Emperor Norton but did not support the current design scheme. 

Commissioner Guggenheim commented that he had not visited the site. He 
commented that the photos were unclear and did not give an accurate sense of how 
the piece will look in the site. 

Debra Lehane explains that the motion on the agenda can be approved as stateted or 
modified. However, it is expected that there will be a motion today. 

Commissioner Stermer asked if the proposal wise dependent on the sculpture. 

Daniel Maccchiarini responded that the proposal is based on the sculpture by Peter 
Maccchiarini. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith commented that the sculpture should be located at the 
Macchiarini steps. 

Daniel Maccchiarini commented that the sculpture could be repositioned however the 
overall design must comply with DPW requirements. 

Debra Lehane commented that the goal of this meeting was to have an open dialogue 
with the community and designers. Ms. Lehane highly recommended that each 
commissioner visit the site. 

Motion: Motion to continue this item to May 21st Executive Committee meeting 

Moved: Ralph Guggenheim 

Vote: 

Yes- Unanimous 

3. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m. 



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Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
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RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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Agenda 

I. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF SAN FRANCISCO, PERIMETER SECURITY ENHANCEMENT 

PHASE 1A3 

John Krikcn. Parmer Stadmorc Owings 8c Merrill 

n. MINNIE St LOVIE WARD RECREATION CENTER 
PHASE 1 

Mike Pierron, Project Architect DPW BOA 

III. BROADWAY STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 2 (Phase 1 approved Montgomery Street to Battery Street, 03/18/02) 
Judi Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW 

Peter Bosselmann, Urban Designer. Intergraph Design 

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MEETING LOCATION 

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Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
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SAN FRANCISCO 
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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, 
Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, William Meyer 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF SAN FRANCISCO, PERIMETER 
SECURITY ENHANCEMENT 

John Kriken, Partner, Skidmore Owens & Merrill, introduced the location and scope 
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enhancement to the street that also reinforced the perimeter security conditions. Mr. 
Kriken introduced Steve O'Brien, Associate Partner, Skidmore Owens & Merrill, to 
present the design scheme. 

Steve O'Brien explained that this project responds to a nation wide security upgrade 
program being implemented on all federal buildings. He explained that this project 
presented unique challenges in terms of meeting the established guidelines due to its 
unique urban site. The guidelines call for the building to have bollards set back 74 
feet from the building. The bollards should be design to withstand the impact of a 
5,000 pound Ryder truck moving at 50 mph. Mr. O'Brien explained that the 74 foot 
setback guideline could not be met due to the existing site conditions and that the 
bollards were set back as far form the building as possible. 

Mr. O'Brien explained the responses to the security guidelines. There are five 
elements which make up the security enhancements: 1. additional trees along market 
2. large diameter stone planters 3. display monuments 4. bollards and 5. reconfigured 
sidewalk profile along Market street. These measures are intended to enhance the 
perimeter along Market and Spear/Main streets. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the design was very handsome 
and sensitive to the existing context. Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she 
believed the solution presented would work against the type of attack described in the 
presentation. She questioned how effective these measures would be against other 
more clever types of attacks. 

Commissioner Cochran asked about the effectiveness of the measures against a 
vehicle moving 75 mph or even a parked vehicle similar to the kind used in 
Oklahoma . 

Mr. O'brien explained that these measures were not intended to resist all types of 
attacks and that the urban site conditions severely limited the types of architectural 
solutions. 

Mr. Kriken explained that the goal of implementing these measures is not to eliminate 
the threat. The building currently has no measures to mitigate an attack. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that this was the first project like this that 
the commission had reviewed and that it was unofficially setting a precedent upon 
which other projects would be judged. The design seems to address the design criteria 
in an efficient and elegant fashion. 

Motion to approve Federal Reserve Bank , Perimeter Security Enhancements, 

Phase 1,2,3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote: Unanimous 

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Mary Timken, Landscape Architect, Recreation and Park briefly introduced the scope 
of the project. Ms. Timken introduced Mike Pierron, Project Architect, DPW BOA to 
present the design. 

Mike Pieron, DPW BOA, described the basic design concepts. He explained that the 
scheme was based around a central courtyard that takes advantage of the views, 
natural light and southern exposure. He explained that there are three principal 
buildings: the gymnasium, the classrooms/administrative, the community room and a 
teen room. 

Mary Timken briefly reviewed the landscape design scheme. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the community had been involved in the 
design process. 

Mr. Pieron commented that there had been significant community input. 

Ms. Timken commented that the community focused more on developing programs 
for the center more than the architecture. 

Commissioner Cochran asked what the existing planting was around the site. 

Ms. Timken responded that the site was surrounded by 80-90 year old Monterey Pine. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the design of the buildings seem unrelated to 
each other and to the landscaping plan. Ms. Cochran requested that they submit an 
overall landscaping plan. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the gestures toward the playing field 
bleachers and courtyard were strong architecturally. Mr. Freebairn-Smith expressed 
concern regarding the orientation of the gym building. He asked the design team if 
they had considered the possible negative affects on the intended use of the building 
from exposure to such large quantities of southern light. 

Mr. Pieron explained that louvers along the south facade would mitigate the exposure 
to southern light. They will present design studies at the Phase 2 meeting. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the design team had considered incorporating 
green building strategies such as passive solar or gray water systems, etc. 

Mr. Pieron explained that they had incorporated as many operable windows as 
possible to facilitate passive cooling however, other green strategies had not been 
explored. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that for the phase two review, she would need to 
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Motion to approve Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Phase 1, 
contingent upon review of landscape plan, research into Green Building 
Strategies and more extensive design study of the courtyard section. 
Motion: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon 
Vote: Unanimous 

4. BROADWAY STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 

Judi Mosqueda, Project Manager DPW, commented that the streetscape elements 
were reviewed and approved in March of 2002. She explained that they were working 
on completing a design for by mid August to meet the Phase 1 deadline on there 
project scope and timeline. Ms. Mosqueda explained that she had coordinated with 
Jill Manton on the art enrichment allocation for this project. It was determined that 
the art enrichment allocation would be deferred to another phase of the project. 

Peter Bosselmann, Urban Designer, Intergraph Design briefly reviewed the major 
revisions to the design since phase 1 Civic Design Review. Mr. Bosselmann 
explained that the team had studied the possibility of creating a plaza at the 
intersection of Broadway Ave. and Columbus Ave. He commented that London Plain 
trees, concrete lighted bollards, red concrete pavers, seating and the standard city 
trash receptacles were the primary design elements for the project. 

Mr. Bosselmann commented that the team proposed a necklace of lights as an 
alternative bid item. The necklace of lights would string the sidewalk trees together. 
He explained that the initial cost for the system would be expensive, however, it 
requires little maintenance over the life of the product. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if any of the trees shown were existing, if there were 
existing tree grates and where were the benches located. 

Mr. Bosselmann commented that all of the trees shown were existing trees, there 
were no existing tree grates and that the benches would be located in front of the On 
Lok Center only. He also commented that the team was proposing new decorative 
tree grates. 

Ms. Mosqueda commented that the community asked for benches only in areas where 
there was alot of foot traffic. 

Commissioner Cochran asked how the necklace of lights would work given the fact 
that the location of the trees is varied. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that she was also concerned that the 
necklace of lights would look busy and confusing because of the varied location of 
the trees. Ms. Stauffacher Solomon also commented on the design of the architectural 
monument at Broadway and the Embarcadero. She felt that the design needed further 
study. Ms. Stauffacher Solomon also expressed concern with the proposed use of the 
city standard trash receptacles. She suggested that they look at the design of the 
receptacles at Crissy Field. 

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city approved trash receptacles. 

Ms. Mosqueda stated that she would get the design specifications and forward them 
to the committee for review. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he was concerned about the survival 
of the trees in the windy micro climate of this corridor. He also commented that the 
tree lined street might significantly block the signage of the merchants along 
Broadway. He asked if this had been reviewed with the local merchants association. 
Mr. Freebairn-Smith also stated that there should be more seating along the street. If 
budget was a concern, he suggested exploring possible partnerships with the private 
sector. 

Motion to approve Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project, Montgomery to 
Battery Street, Phase 2, excluding necklace of lights alternate bid item, trash 
receptacles and other blocks of the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan other 
than those specified in this motion. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

5. Adjournment 

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RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE U DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Andrea Cochran 
Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon 
Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Project 

Derek Parker, Principal, Anshen+ Allen, introduces the project team and briefly 
reviewed the past project history. 

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limited to the exterior of the building and that the presentation should focus on those 
aspects of the project. 

Mr. Parker described the presentation format. 

Larry Fink, Executive Director of Laguna Honda Hospital, briefly described the 
history of the hospital. He described the primary services and programs provided by 
the hospital. He explained that the primary goal was to provide long term in/out 
patient care for the aging population of San Francisco. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there was a research component to the 
hospital. 

Mr. Fink explained that the National Institute on Aging was located at the hospital. 
The primary research project at the Institute was focused on studying the transition 
from independence to managed care and how building design can foster this 
transition. 

Mr. Parker reviewed the general principles guiding the design process. He stated that 
the team started by designing the individual residential module. The team clustered 
these individual modules to create a household. The household modules were 
grouped with support services to create a neighborhood. These basic groupings 
informed the typical floor plan parti for each residential tower. Mr. Parker explained 
that the project would be phased so that the hospital could remain functional during 
construction. 

Mr. Parker explained that the existing senior housing would be connected to the site 
via site planning. 

Jeff Logan, Design Director, Anshen+ Allen, briefly reviewed the comments from the 
November 11, 2001 Civic Design Committee meeting. He stated that the formal 
qualities of the residential towers were derived from studying the existing Spanish 
Revival residential towers. The regular window patterns and the use of the tower as a 
formal terminus to the residential block were formal elements incorporated into the 
new design. 

Mr. Logan commented that the link building was designed to be in contrast to the 
vertical residential towers. The building spans the valley connecting the residential 
wings of the hospital. The link building is designed to emphasize the horizontal plan, 
to be transparent and offer views to the garden beyond, and to gently sit within the 
valley. Mr. Logan stated that this building was imagined as the "main street" for the 
hospital where many of the public programmatic elements were located. 

Cheryl Barton, Principal, Office of Cheryl Barton, presented the concepts for the 
landscape design. Ms. Barton explained that there are four primary design goals for 
the landscaping strategy: 1. to ground the building in the landscape 2. to create a clear 
"center" and way finding system 3. to take advantage of wellness research in terms of 
landscape design 4. to be a responsible steward of the land by aiming for the highest 
LEED rating feasible for this project. 

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the valley, arrival zones, nursing unit courtyards, interior gardens, the parking area, 
the primary historic access, new access and the link building. 

Commissioner Meyer opened floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed floor to public comment. 

Mr. Fink commented that the process had been inclusive of all stakeholders, the 
health care community, the clients and the neighborhood residents and that the design 
solutions met the needs of hospital. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith commented that the design had progressed 
significantly since the last meeting and was beginning to have an overall visual 
cohesiveness. Mr. Freebairn- Smith asked how the budget had affected the material 
selection and finishes. 

Mr. Parker explained that he took queues form the existing buildings. He explained 
that materials were kept simple and they used the money in places of significance like 
the communal living rooms and the new link building. 

Mr. Fink commented that the design was a exemplary solution that meets all of the 
functional needs of the hospital as well as the aesthetic desires. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith asked about long term maintenance of the landscape 
design. 

Mr. Fink commented that the more private spaces would be maintained by onsite 
gardeners and hospital workers. Recreation and Park will tend to the trees on the site. 
He stated that they will develop a long term plan in collaboration with Rec and Park 
to maintain the site. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith questioned if the site plan rendered a welcoming 
feeling to the first time visitor. Mr. Freebairn- Smith expressed concern that the site 
planning might need to rely heavily on signage systems instead of a clear plan to 
orient visitors and residents. He also asked if there could be a greater inclusion of the 
residents in participating with maintenance of the private gardens. Could that be part 
of the therapy. He commented that he was satisfied with the color schemes and 
compositions of the buildings. He commented that the building forms have a stronger 
residential quality than the schemes shown before. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the landscaping is well thought out and is 
deftly integrated with the architecture. Ms. Cochran asked if there is ADA access for 
the street. 

Mr. Logan stated that a dedicated bus line would connect visitors from the Forest Hill 
Station to the front of the hospital. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if the smaller gardens would be accessible by the 
residents and would there be places to sit. 

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The gardens are intended to be visually stimulating and to promote movement. She 
explained that there will be furniture in the garden and each garden will be connected 
via pathways. 

Commissioner Cochran expressed concern that the plaster finish for the exterior 
might get value engineered and replaced with a less expensive system. She 
commented that that would make the building look cheap. 

Mr. Logan responded that the plaster finish is part of the cost model for the project 
and will not be replaced with an inferior material. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the windows are very important in 
conveying a more residential quality. She stated that the windows as shown seem a 
little flat and institutional. Ms. Cochran asked if they could be set back further in the 
wall. 

Mr. Logan responded that the windows are set as far back as the wall section allows. 
He explained that the budget didn't allow for a thicker wall section. He commented 
that all windows are operable. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith asked if there are any spaces for quiet contemplation 
or for families to gather in private. 

Mr. Parker explained that the existing building has a beautiful chapel and a garden 
directly adjacent to it. 

Mr. Fink added that within each "neighborhood" cluster there was a private room for 
family respite. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he was satisfied with the interpretation of the 
new buildings including the link building. He stated that the towers are working well 
with the existing buildings. Mr. Meyer explained that he liked the rectilinear forms 
but would suggest exploring some other geometric possibilities. He stated that he still 
has a problem with the brutal regularity of the window rhythm. He recommended that 
the team introduce some variety into the window configuration. Mr. Meyer stated that 
he understood the theoretical argument for the window arrangement however, it still 
seemed to institutional and repetitious. 

Mr. Parker responded by saying that there are five different window types and he 
reiterated the theoretical connection to the existing architectural precedent. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if introducing one more window shape would be cost 
prohibitive. 

Mr. Parker said that it would. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he supported the theoretical 
argument for the window configuration. 

Commissioner Cochran felt that the proportions of the windows at the core of the 
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Motion to approve Phase 1 & 2, contingent upon review of: windows at the core 
of the residential towers and windows at the top level of the residential wings, at 
the Full Commission Meeting. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. Adjournment 

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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHA5E(S). RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMEN0ATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPAiENT 
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I. LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL REPLACEMENT PROJECT 

PHASE 1 & 2 (Phase 1 reviewed. 1 1/19/01 . Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 5/22/02) 
Anshen -t- Alkn Architects/Gordon H. Chong & Partners JV Team: 
Derek Parker, Senior Principal, Anshen + Allen Architects 
Gordon H. Chong , President, Gordon H Chong &. Partners 
Jeff Logan. Design Director. Anshen + Allen Architects 

U NORTH BEACH POOL RENOVATION 
PHASE 2 (Phase 1 approved 1 1/19/01) 
Paulett Taggart, Project Architect, Paulen Taggart Architects 
John Jackson. Project Manager, Paulett Taggart Architects 

III. BISON PADDOCK 
PHASE 1,23 

Scot Burbank, Landscape Architect, DPW 

IV. HELEN WILLS PLAYGROUND AND CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION 
PHASE 1 

Chris Downey. Principal, Holt Hinshaw Architects 

Lizzy Hirsch. Project Director, Recreation and Park Department 

Julie Christensen, Co-Chair, Friends of Helen Wills Park 

V HARDING PARK AND FLEMING GOLF COURSE RENOVATION- MAINTENANCE BUILDING 
PHASE 1 & 2 

Victor R. Talatala. Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Jorge, Gutierrez, DPW BOA 

VL BEACH CHALET, REVISED DECK AND GARDEN PROPOSAL 
PHASE 1& 2 

(Previous deck design Phase t approved 03/15/99), (Revised design and landscape improvements Phase 2 & 3 approved 
0671 9/00) (Revised deck and garden improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 01/28/02) 
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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher 
Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. Bison Paddock 
Phase 1,2,3 

Scott Burbank, Landscape Architect, DPW, explained that the purpose of the project 
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paddock would be a prefabricated steel structure with a standing seam metal roof. The 
structure would be erected on a concrete pad. The center of the structure would have a 
metal trough for the bison to feed from. 

Mr. Burbank explained that he had been in conversation with Public Art staff 
regarding the art enrichment report. The money set aside for this project will be 
reallocated to another park project. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith asked if the site would be cleared and refinished. 

Mr. Burbank answered that it would. 

Motion to approve Phase 1,2,3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Project 
Phase 1 & 2 

Derek Parker, Principal, Anshen + Allen Architects, briefly reviewed the review 
history of the project. He explained that they were returning to Civic Design to 
address specific concerns regarding the elevations of the residential towers. 

Jeff Logan presented the design changes. Mr. Logan explained that the strategy for 
the design was based on the architectural precedents of the existing buildings. He 
explained that the simplicity of the building forms, materials and window patterns 
were analogous to those found on the existing nursing wings. Mr. Logan explained 
that the team spent more design energy and money in terms of materials and form on 
the link building and living room towers. These decisions were also analogous to 
what they observed at the existing building. He explained that most of the unique 
architectural modeling and material richness was found at the entry buildings and at 
the towers which terminated the nursing wings. 

Mr. Parker explained that it was important for the team to carry over lessons 
presented by the existing building into the design of the new structures. He reiterated 
that although budget was a major factor, they were not hiding behind that restriction 
to explore alternative responses to the design. He explained that they generated over 
19 alternatives , however the ones presented today were the most appropriate in terms 
of design and budget. 

Larry Funk, Laguna Honda Hospital, commented that he was pleased with the 
progress made by the design team. He explained that the revised schemes added 
usable floor area to the communal spaces and that the curved feature was adds a 
pleasing design aesthetic to the overall project. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 



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Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith explained that his particularly reservations with the 
pervious design schemes had to do with rendering the nursing towers in a way that 
symbolized 'residence' more that 'institution'. He explained that since this would be a 
final home for most of the residents that the architecture could respond to that in a 
more strong fashion. Mr. Freebairn-Smith also commented that he would have liked 
to see floor plans that informed the overall modeling of the exterior volumes. He 
explained that he was fully aware of the time constraints and that significant 
modifications were not appropriate at this stage. As far as the window proportions 
and patterns, he would leave that to the discretion of the design architects, 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the curved element at the core of and the 
expanded color trim were improvements. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that she did not think the curve was an 
improvement. She commented that she liked the proportions of the windows at the 
core of the nursing tower. Ms. Cochran reiterated that her concerns with the previous 
design had to do with the depth of the windows and reveals not color. She explained 
that the walls seem very flat and institutional. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that the rounded core element was a 
positive move. She commented that she agreered with the general strategy to keep the 
design simple, however she also expected elegance as well. 

Mr. Parker commented that he understands Mr. Freebairn-Smith's comments. He 
explained that the program for the project is a 'hospital program' and not a 'residential 
program'. This fundamental distinction was a driving factor in the floor plan design. 
Mr. Parker also explained that the elevation drawings are deceptive and that the 
architectural modeling will be revealed more in the constructed building. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if there had been significant community 
involvement and support in the design process. He commented that although there 
was no public com mentors present that the commission did receive a letter from Mr. 
Ed Cavagnaro expressing concern about the design. 

Aria Escontrias, Community Relations, Laguna Honda Hospital commented that the 
team has kept the community involved in the process. She explained that a 1,000 ft. 
radius notification was performed to inform the neighborhood residents of the 
proposed project. She explained that the San Francisco Planning Department only 
requires a 300 ft radius neighborhood notification. She commented that over 35 
community meetings were held. Ms. Escontrias commented that over 300 residents 
were notified of these meetings, but only 12 attended. Information regarding the 
project is kept up to date via their website. She also explained that the designs were 
presented to the community in advance of the Civic Design meetings. 

Mr. Parker added that an independent third party conducted sophisticated shadow 
studies that were used as part of the Environmental Impact Report. 

Motion to approve Phase 1 + 2 scheme with curved wall and no color 
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Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

4. North Beach Pool Renovation 
Phase 2 

Paulett Taggert, Principal, Paulett Taggert Architects briefly reviews the scope of the 
project and the comments from the previous design review. Ms. Taggert explained 
that the overall design had not changed since the last review. She explained that they 
had studied the possibility of modifying the slope of the clubhouse roof to match the 
pool roof. She explained that the mechanical equipment on the roof of the clubhouse 
prohibited that option. She commented that the contrast in the sloped roof was a 
positive attribute. Ms. Taggert presented the material an d color scheme for the 
project which consisted of warm yellow, green and gray tones. 

Ms. Taggert present a material sample and drawing of the proposed sliding entry door 
that is part of the approved public art component. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon expressed a preference for white or off white as 
a color selection. She felt that the color scheme would be in conflict with the existing 
brick library adjacent to the pool buildings. 

Ms. Taggert replied that the colors where inspired by the colors of the beach and that 
the use of whites were impractical. 

Tony Leong, project manager, DPW reinforced that from a maintenance standpoint a 
white color scheme would not be feasible. 

Commissioner Cochran agreed with the architect's color choice and design. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the design was very handsome and that the 
color scheme was appropriate to the neighborhood context. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that the clarity of the plan was excellent 

and that the colors where fine as long as the were subdued and of a warm hue. Mr. 

Freebairn-Smith 

asked about the landscaping strategy for the project. 

Ms. Taggert explained that the landscaping design was not part of their scope of 
work. However, there is a master plan being proposed by Recreation and Park that 
will include landscaping. 

Motion to approve Phase 2 
Motion: Stauffacher Solomon 
Vote: Unanimous 

5. Helen Wills Playground and Clubhouse Renovation 

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Phase 1 

Julie Christiansen, Co-Chair, Friends of Helen Wills Park briefly introduced the the 
history of the park. Ms. Christiansen explained that she was involved in a process to 
help improve the parks of San Francisco. She explained that most of San Francisco's 
parks and recreation centers no longer meet the needs of changing activities and user 
groups. Since it is too expensive to build new rec centers and parks we are faced with 
the challenge to revitalize the ones we have. Ms. Christiansen explained that a 
collaboration between the community and architects helped generate some initial 
working schemes that drove the design presented today. The goal of the community 
meeting s was to help define the new paradigm for parks of the 21st century. 

Hugh Hynes, Project Architect, Holt Hinshaw presented the design concept for the 
new park. Mr. Hynes briefly reviewed the existing site conditions. He explained that 
the conceptual design addressed 4 primary issues: 1. Existing building on site 
2. access to natural light 3. maximize the natural grade changes 4. respond to existing 
and future patterns of use. 

Lizzy Hirsch. Landscape Architect, DPW described the conceptual design for the 
landscaping. She explained that the intent for the landscaping strategy was to 
harmoniously integrate play elements with the paths through the park. The circulation 
through the park leads and transforms in to play elements. The central feature of the 
play structure would be a 'tree house element". The children's play area is located to 
simultaneously maximize adult supervision and minimize their overall presence. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that it was refreshing to see an innovative 
approach to playground design. Ms. Cochran asked about liability issues with the 
custom play structures. 

Ms. Hirsch responded that the architects were in close collaboration with the 
playground equipment manufacturer to insure that the meet all national design 
standards for play equipment. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that the playground was a unique 
design. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he liked the ramp/boardwalk entrance. He 
commented that the design is very playful and fun. He asked if the architects had 
considered some sort of noise buffer along Broadway. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith commented that open space in San Francisco is a 
precious commodity. Although the architectural elements in the scheme seem to 
create an interesting texture he expressed concern that there might be to many things 
happening in the space. He also expressed concern about the noise along Broadway. 

Ms. Christiansen commented that the it was important to maintain a level of 
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Motion to approve Phase 1 
Motion: Cochran 
Vote: Unanimous 

6. Harding Park and Fleming Golf Course Renovation- Revised Maintenance 
Phase 1 & 2 

Victor Talatala, project architect, DPW BOA presented the scope of the project. He 
explained that the building being reviewed was one of several buildings proposed for 
the Harding Park and Fleming Golf Course. Mr. Talatal explained that the 
maintenance shed would be used to store materials and equipment use to take care of 
the park grounds. He explained that the building would be a prefabricated metal 
building on a concrete platform. Mr. Talatala commented that the primary change to 
the design was the roof overhang under which vehicles would be parked. The 
overhang was previously cantilevered and the revised design incorporates columns. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the columns were not a positive design 
change. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith inquired about the landscaping. He asked if there 
would be landscaping that would help screen all the equipment and miscellaneous 
materials that would not fit into the shed. He also commented that the new overhang 
design looked like an after thought and did not correspond to the form of the overall 
building. 

Commissioner Meyer suggested that they return with a revised roof line scheme and 
proposed landscaping design. 

7. Beach Chalet, Revised Deck and Garden Proposal 
Phase 1 & 2 

Clark Manus, Principal, Heller Manus Architects presented a PowerPoint presentation 
for the revised addition to the Beach Chalet. He explained that the goal was to 
provide a flexible outdoor space that could be used year round. Mr. Manus explained 
that the design was inspired by the architecture of the existing building. The extended 
'room' is located on axis with the front entry of the Beach Chalet. The walls of the 
room can be folded accordion style to open up the space to the park or closed off 
during unpleasant weather. A skylight runs along the east west axis of the room, 
terminated by a fire place. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that he like the fireplace. He felt that the 
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building. 

Commissioner Meyer favors the preservationist approach that any addition should be 
different and not attempt to mimic the original. However, he feels that this proposal is 
better than what was shown previously. Mr. Meyer feels that there are to many 
columns along the perimeter of the building. Mr. Meyer commented the the movable 
walls is an appropriate design solution. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the plan works really well and that the 
fireplace is an appropriate element for this building. She commented that the cornice 
does need more detail. Ms. Cochran asked if the roof was operable. 

Mr.Manus commented that that was a possibility that could be explored. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that the fireplace worked well with 
the scheme. She commented that the form of the skylight needed more study. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the design was moving in the right direction 
and that they should return with a landscaping strategy and revised elevations based 
on the comments today. 

8. Adjournment 

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Monday, July 15,2002 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite. Suite 70 

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NOTICE; Far information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Goncnar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public Inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, 
Ste 240, during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION ANO POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S). RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE ill FINAL APPROVAL). 

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ROCKAMEEAU PLAYGROUND AND CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION PROJECT 
PHASE 1 & 2 

Will Kwan, Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Soot Burbank, Landscape Architect, DPW 
Damon Louie, DPW BOA 



HARDING PARK AND FLEMING GOLF COURSE RENOVATION 
MAINTENANCE BUILDING AND CLUBHOUSE 

PHASE 1 & 2 (Revised Maintenance Building and Club House Phase 1 k. 2 reviewed 06/17/02) ( Phase I Accessory 
Structures approved 08/28/00, Phase 1 Main Structures approved 09/1 8/00) 
Victor R. Taiataia, Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Jorge. Gutierrez. DPW BOA 

BEACH CHALET REVISED DECK AND IMPROVEMENTS 

PHASE 1 & 2 (Revised deck and garden improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 06/17/02) (Previous deck design Phase 1 
approved 03/15/39), (Revised design and landscape improvements Phase 2 & 3 approved 06/19/00) (Revised deck and 
garden improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 01/28/02) 
Robert McDonald, Project Manager, Roc and Park 
Clark Manus, CEO/CFO. Heller Manus Architects 



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REGULAR CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 



Monday, July 15, 2002 

MEETING LOCATION 

3:00 p.m. 

Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 8 2004 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying 
at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular 
business hours. 



Minutes 



The meeting commenced at 3:00 p.m. 



I. Role Call: 



Commissioners present: William Meyer, Stanlee Gatti, Barbara 
Stauffacher Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Rod Freebairn-Smith 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 



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2 ROCHAMBEAU PLAYGROUND AND CLUBHOUSE 
RENOVATION PROJECT 

Will Kwan introduced the project team for the renovation of the club house 
and playground. The architectural design would be presented by Damon 
Louie and Will Kwan, DPW BOA and the landscape design will be 
presented by Scott Burbank DPW Landscape Division 

Mr. Kwan explained that the the project would renovate a 1200 square foot 
clubhouse including ADA upgrades, structural upgrades and various 
grounds improvements. 

Mr. Burbank explained that the renovation was very straight forward. They 
would be resurfacing the tennis court and basketball courts, adding picnic 
tables, new planting at the 25th avenue entry and the 24th avenue entry, 
new play structures and surfacing, finally a new accessible entry at 24th 
avenue. 

Mr. Louie explained that the renovation was designed to increase overall 
functionality. He continued to explain that the the only new architectural 
element would be a 150 square foot storage addition that would the same 
architectural style as the original building. The existing bathrooms would be 
remolded to conform with ADA guidelines. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the design was reasonable. He asked 
if there had been any community involvement in the design process. 

Mr. Louie responded that there had been community involvement. 

Motion: Meyer 
Vote: Unanimous 

3 HARDING PARK AND FLEMING GOLF COURSE RENOVATION 
MAINTENANCE BUILDING AND CLUBHOUSE 

Victor Talatala briefly reviewed the last presentation to the Arts 
Commission. He introduced the project team, Jorge Guetierrez, DPW BOA 
and Rick Thall, Landscape Architect. Mr. Talatala explained that they were 
coming to Civic Design to present revisions made based on the comments 
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Mr. Thall presented the landscape design. He explained that the primary 
concept was to screen the maintenance shed and equipment from view 
along Lake Merced blvd. 

Victor Talatala presented the material and color scheme for the building. He 
explained that the colors were selected to complement the natural color 
scheme of the surrounding landscape. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that he building was fine. She 
commented on the use of Eucalyptus in a field of pine. She asked if 
Eucalyptus existed anywhere else around the immediate site. 

Mr. Thall responded that there is Eucalyptus on the other side of the park. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the building design and color scheme 
was acceptable. He commented that he would like to see column supports 
for the roof overhang. 

Mr. Gutierrez commented that the maintenance trucks are parked under the 
overhang in the evening and that the columns were omitted to make parking 
easier. 

Mr. Thall introduced the concept for the Clubhouse and surrounding greens. 

He explained that the clubhouse will be located near the 9th hole and the 

lake. 

He commented that they would maximize the use of existing trees on the 

site. 

Mr. Talatala presented the design scheme for the clubhouse building. He 
explained that the color scheme was selected to be neutral and blend in with 
the surroundings. 

Commissioner Cochran asked if this scheme had been previously approved 
by the commission. 

Commissioner Gatti explained that the scheme previously approved by the 
commission was markedly different. He explained that it was a privately 
funded project that was a comprehensive master plan for the golf course. 
This scheme is more incremently. 

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scheme they are presenting is a city project with a significantly reduced 
budget. 

Commissioner Stauffacher- Solomon commented that she liked the color 
scheme and the use of zinc as a roof material. 

Commissioner Meyer is concerned with the design of the entry to the site. 
He commented that the approach seemed awkward. He asked if alternative 
parking configurations had been explored. 

Mr. Thall explained that the entry sequence was design in collaboration 
with PGA consultants. The overall design was conceived in a way that 
would be the most convenient to the needs of the golfers. 



Motion: Gatti 
Vote: Unanimous 

4 BEACH CHALET REVISED DECK AND IMPROVEMENTS 

Clark Manus, CEO, Heller Manus Architects reviewed the scope of the last 
presentation to the Civic Design Committee. Mr. Manus explained that 
today's 

presentation would focus on three revised schemes based on the comments 
from the last Civic Design Committee meeting. He explained that there are 
only subtle differences between the three schemes. He explained that the 
treatment of the columns was the primary design feature that had been 
studied. Scheme one showed columns design to foster plant growth, scheme 
two showed fewer columns, simplified in shape and not mimicking the 
columns at the front of the building, scheme three showed columns with 
tighter spacing. 

Commissioner Gattis asked when the design became more permanent in 
character. He commented that it was his understanding that the addition was 
to be akin to a deck rather than a building. 

Gar Truppelli, Owner, Beach Chalet explained that several design schemes 
had been explored and the ones presented were stating to satisfy the 
financial requirements for the restaurant as well as the experiential 
requirements for their clientele. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that she like the idea of the folding 
glass doors. She commented that she did not like the freestanding arch in 
scheme two and felt that the column layout was awkward. Ms. Cochran 
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that although the doors fold back, opening the room to the air, the addition 
still felt like a building. 

Commissioner Stauffacher- Solomon commented that the roof seemed very 
heavy and that the skylight was not very elegant. 

Commissioner Gatti commented that the skylight would work better if it 
were flat. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the color and structure of the 
horizontal portions of the designs seems too heavy. He commented that he 
liked the skylights as presented. 

Commissioner Gatti commented that the designs have to much structure, 
they all feel and look like buildings added to the existing structure. 

Commissioner Gatti suggested that each commissioner itemize the issues 
that they have with the designs so that the architects have a clear 
understanding of what to work on. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he likes the scheme with the wings. 
Likes the idea of having places for impromptu meetings. He commented 
that he does not want to see column designs that mimic the columns of the 
existing building. He commented that he would like to see shallower beam 
cross sections and more articulated beams. He commented that he was in 
agreement with the general design scheme. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she wanted to see a 
design scheme more like a greenhouse, light and airy. She commented that 
she would like to see columns that mimic the columns of the existing 
building. She commented that the idea of wrapping the columns with some 
kind of wire mesh to grow plants was a bad idea. She commented that she 
disliked the transom windows on the folding glass doors 

Commissioner Cochran commented that she liked the side colonnades 
without the free standing arch feature. She commented that she liked the 
layering of the folding doors behind the columns. She commented that she 
would like to see the new columns mimic the columns on the existing 
building. She commented that the transom window on the folding glass 
doors should be eliminated. 

Commissioner Gatti commented that the roof structure needed to be 
lightened up. He commented that he would like to see shallower beam cross 
sections and more articulated beams. He commented that the new columns 
should mimic the existing columns. He commented that wrapping the 



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columns in chicken wire was a bad idea and that if plant life was desired it 
should be naturally growing vines. He commented that he would like to see 
more design exploration regarding the roof design. He suggested studying 
the use of glass. He commented that the folding doors should be full height 
without the transom windows. 

5. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. 



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CIVICDESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 
Monday, August 18, 2002 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 8 2004 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the 
item. 



^ Agenda 

1. SAN FRANCISCO TRASH RECEPTACLES 
PHASE 1,2,3 

Mohammed Nuru, Deputy Director of Operations, DPW 

Elizabeth Wilmore, Forms + Surfaces 

Jessica Perez,Landscape Architect, DPW-BOE Landscape Division 

2. SUNOL VALLEY FLORIDATION FACILITY 
PHASE 1 

Michael Pierron, Architect, PUC 

3. BEACH CHALET REVISED DECK AND IMPROVEMENTS 



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PHASE 1 & 2 (Revised deck and garden improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 
06/17/02) (Previous deck design Phase 1 approved 03/15/99), (Revised design and 
landscape improvements Phase 2 & 3 approved 06/19/00) (Revised deck and garden 
improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 01/28/02) (Revised deck and garden 
improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 06/17/02) (Revised deck and garden 
improvements Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 07/15/02) 
Clark Manus, CEO/CFO, Heller Manus Architects 
Eric Lundquist, Principal, Heller Manus Architects 

4 HELEN WILLS PLAYGROUND AND CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION 
PHASE 2 (Phase 1 approved 6/17/02) 
Chris Downey, Principal, Holt Hinshaw Architects 
Lizzy Hirsch, Project Director, Recreation and Park Department 
Julie Christensen, Co-Chair, Friends of Helen Wills Park 

5. Adjournment 






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MEETING LOCATION 

3:00 p.m. 

Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 8 2004 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying 
at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular 
business hours. 



^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

I. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara 
Stauffacher-Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 



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2 SAN FRANCISCO TRASH RECEPTACLES 

Mohammed Neru briefly introduced the scope of the project. He explained 
that the new trash receptacle was a collaborative design effort between city 
agencies and community groups. Mr. Neru said that the project was to 
develop an attractive, functional, low maintenance receptacle that enhanced 
the neighborhood's image and identity. He continued to explain that the new 
receptacle would also support the city's recycling program. Mr. Neru 
introduced Elizabeth Wilmore, Forms + Surfaces, to comment on the 
specifics of the design. 

Ms. Wilmore described that the goal of the project was to replace 
dilapidated existing receptacles with the proposed design. In the case that 
the existing receptacle is in good condition then a new recycling top will 
replace the existing cage top. Ms. Wilmore explained that the proposed 
receptacle design was constructed of a heavy gauge powder coated stainless 
steel. The hardware is also stainless steel. Ms. Wilmore noted that the 
installation would utilize existing crane equipment. The proposed receptacle 
would also accommodate the new wheeled 36 gallon Toter liner. The new 
receptacle top will have separate openings to receive recyclable and trash 
independently. She explained that the dome top will prevent siting or 
standing. The San Francisco official seal and a special motif that reflects the 
characteristics of the neighborhood will be incorporated into the side panels 
of the receptacles. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the design seemed fine and asked 
if the entire can was powder coated. 

Ms. Wilmore responded that the entire can is powder coated and sealed 
with an anti-graffitti coating. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the design seems 
unnecessarily complicated and asked if the design team had seen the 
trash/recycling receptacles at Crissy Field. The receptacle is simple and 
elegant. She commented that they represented a good precedent to study. 
Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon commented that she could not support the design 
as presented. 

Commissioner Freebairn- Smith commented that the design was adequate. 
He asked if the proposed finish was more effective in resisting 
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Ms. Wilmore commented that the combination of the powder coating and 
graffiti resistant coating will be highly effective. She explained that a 
natural citrus based cleaner will be used to remove any graffiti. 

Commissioner Cochran asked how gouges in the powder coating would be 
repaired. 

Ms. Wilmore answered that a touchup kit would be provided. 

Commissioner Meyer asked what percentage of existing receptacles would 
be replaced and what percentage would be retrofitted. 

Mr. Neru answered that approximately 75% of the existing cans would be 
retrofitted. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that right now the vote is split in terms of 
support. Mr. Meyer asked for staff recommendations on procedure. He felt 
that more information should be shown regarding the design team's research 
into other options. He explained that this would help the commission take a 
better informed vote on the scheme that they have presented today. 

Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs, stated that it is reasonable to 
request that additional information regarding the design process be shown 
to the commission. 

Commissioner Cochran requested that the NorCal criteria be included in the 
revised submission. 

Commissioner Meyer requested that the design team come back to present 
the design and research that lead to the final product presented today. The 
presentation should be a side by side analysis of other options explored in 
relation to the final design. 

3 SUNOL VALLEY FLORIDATION FACILITY 

Mike Pierron, Architect, Public Utilities Commission introduced the scope 
of the project. He explained that the proposal was an extension of the 
chlorination facility approved by the Civic Design committee. Mr. Pieron 
explained that the project would be a single new steel structure on a 
concrete slab with a metal roofing system. The roof will extend to create a 
canopy to protect delivery trucks. The building will be surrounded by a full 
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Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Motion to approve Phase 1 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

4 BEACH CHALET REVISED DECK AND IMPROVEMENTS 

Clark Manus, CEO, Heller Manus Architects explained that since the last 
Civic Design meeting, the design team has presented to the Landmarks 
Advisory Board and to the Planning Commission. Mr. Manus explained 
that they are presenting revised schemes based on the comments from these 
meeting as well as the last Civic Design meeting. Mr. Manus listed the 
primary design changes: 

1 . Revised and more shallow roof section. 

More shallower pitch for the main skylight 

Single vs. Double columns along perimeter of the addition 

Fireplace has been reconfigured 

Porches on east side has been extended to encourage impromptu 
dining 

Mr. Manus introduced Mike Payner, landscape architect. 

Mr. Payner briefly described the landscape concept. He explained that a 
simple plan of open lawn and hearty plantings was the primary strategy. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Cochran asked how the retractable awning would operate. 

Eric Lundquist, Principal, Heller Manus Architects, explained that the roof 

would be either manually or electronically operated. 

Commissioner Stauffacher- Solomon commented that she liked the design. 

Commissioner Freebairn Smith asked if there could be more dense planting 
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Commissioner Meyer liked the design. He asked if the client was satisfied 
with the canvas awnings. 

Mr Truppelli answered that he was most interested in a solution the 
afforded the most openness and that he was very satisfied with the 
architect's solution. 

Motion to approve Phase 1 & 2, revised deck and garden 
improvements 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

5 HELEN WILLS PLAYGROUND AND CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION 

Chris Downey, Architect, Holt Hinshaw Architects, briefly described the 
main components of the proposed design scheme. He explained that the 
program consisted of an elevated walkway, recreation center, basketball 
courts, play structure and resurfaced tennis courts. 

Mr. Downey commented that the issues from the last meeting were: noise 
abatement along the Broadway street edge and the density of structures in 
the park. Mr Downey explained that they proposed a series of planting 
wells integrated into the concrete retaining walls. Regarding the density of 
objects in the space, programmatic requirements prohibit the elimination of 
any of the structures. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment 

Commissioner Freebairn Smith commented that open space is significant. 
Mr. Freebairn Smith commented that the shadow casting building located 
dead center within the space does not serve the design well nor does the 
overpass extending into the space. He stated that these are urban design 
issues that respond to the qualities of good open space. 

Commissioner Stauffacher- Solomon commented that she liked the 
playfulness of the design. 

Commissioner Meyer asked if the ramp was necessary in terms of accessing 
the park. 

Mr. Downey explained that the ramp/boardwalk was an extension of the of 
the play structure intended to make it more accessible to children of all 
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Commissioner Cochren stated that she liked the idea of the ramp as a design 
element that also provides accessibility. She also commented that she like 
the colors and overall design. 

Commissioner Meyer stated that he liked the design and the playfulness of 
the structures, He commented that he did not like the large spray on letters 
on the chain link fence. 

Commissioner Freebairn Smith commented that he really had a problem 
with the fact that there is no significant sound abatement along Broadway. 
He also stated that he is still in disagreement about the large red design 
elements in the park. He would like to have seen more opaqueness along the 
Broadway side of the park. 

Motion to approve Phase 2 

Motion: Cochran 
Vote: 

Yes-Cochran, Stauffacher- Solomon, Meyer 
No-Freebairn- Smith 

6. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m. 



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APPROVE PHASE (S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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Agenda 

I HARDING PARK AND FLEMING GOLF COURSE RENOVATION 
MAINTENANCE BUILDING 

PHASE 3 (Phase 1 & 2 approved 7/15/02, Revised Maintenance Building and Club House Phase 1 & 2 reviewed 06/17/02) 
( Phase I Accessory Structures approved 08728/00. Phase 1 Main Structures approved 09/18/00) 
Victor R. Talatala, Project Architect, DPW* BOA 
Jorge. Gutierrez. DPW BOA 



II NORTH BEACH POOL RENOVATION 

PHASE 3 (Phase 2 approved 6/17/02. Phase 1 approved 1 1/19/01) 
Paulea Taggart, Project Architect, Paulett Taggart Architect* 
John Jackson, Project Manager. Paulea Taggart Architects 

HI. WEST PORTAL CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION 
PHASE I & 2 

Miguel Tello. Project Architect, DPW BOA 

Scot Burbank, Landscape Architect, DPW BOE Landscape Division 

Dan Mauer, Project Director, Recreation and Park 

IV. SAN FRANCISCO TRASH RECEPTACLES 

PHASE 1 A3 (Phase 1,2,3 reviewed 8/19/02) 

Mohammed Num. Deputy Director of Operations, DPW 

Kevin Drew, Industrial Recycling Coordinator, Department of the Environment 

Paul Giu«j. Operations Manager, Sunset Scavenger 

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REGULAR CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE 
Monday, September 16, 2002 

MEETING LOCATION 

3:00 p.m. 

Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB 1 8 2004 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



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office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during regular business hours. 



^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: Andrea Cochran , Stanlee Gatti ,William Meyer, Rod 
Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon 

Staff present: Richard Newirth, Nina Dunbar, Rommel Taylor 

2. HARDING PARK AND FLEMING GOLF COURSE RENOVATION 
MAINTENANCE BUILDING 

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Commissioner Meyer asked if there had been any changes to the project since the 
phase two review. 

Jorge Guttierrez, DPW BOA, stated that the project had not changed. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Motion to approve Harding Park and Fleming Golf Course Maintenance 
Building, Phase 3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. NORTH BEACH POOL RENOVATION 
PHASE 3 

Commissioner Meyer asked if there had been any changes to the project since the 
phase two review. 

Paulett Taggert, Principal Paulett Taggert Architects, stated that the design of the 
mechanical house had developed since the last review. Ms. Taggert presented the 
design and material samples. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Motion to approve North Beach Pool Renovation, Phase 3 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 
4 WEST PORTAL CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION 
PHASE 1 & 2 

Dan Mauer, Project Coordinator, Recreation and Park, introduced the project. He 
explained that the project was a renovation of an existing clubhouse built on top of 
the slab for the MUNI Metro West Portal Tunnel. The proposal would address 
increasing the square footage, site landscape and accessibility. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the trellis along the eave of the building 
would be planted. 

Dan Mauer responded that they planned on some type of foliage, however, it had not 
yet been decided. 

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Mr. Mauer responded that the community was very supportive of the design and was 
involved extensively in the process. 

Commissioner Cochran commented that the stucco was rendered rough. She asked if 
the stucco finish could be smooth. 

Mr. Mauer answered that that shouldn't be a problem. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked if the trellis would limit the possibilities for art 
on the building. 

Nina Dunbar, Arts Commission staff, explained that the Public Art committee had 
selected a pool of artists for this project. Final selection of an individual artist had not 
happened. Ms. Dunbar explained that if the selected art work significantly changes 
the architecture, the project will be brought back to civic design for review. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that he liked the trellis element either planted or 
without planting. Mr. Meyer stated that he would like to see more articulation along 
the southern facade to increase shading. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon asked how the team decided on the materiality 
for the trellis element. 

Miguel Tello, DPW BOA, explained that the materiality was a response to the 
material precedents in the area which were concrete and metal. He added that code 
requirements were also a factor. 

Commissioner Gatti commented that he highly recommended planting the trellis, and 
felt that without some sort of planting the architecture would not be complete. 

Motion to approve West Portal Clubhouse Renovation, Phase 1 & 2, contingent 
upon presentation of a landscape strategy at phase three review. 
Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

5. SAN FRANCISCO TRASH RECEPTACLES 
PHASE 1,2,3 

Mohammed Nuru, DPW, explained that the team reviewed the comments made by 
the Civic Design Commitee at the August meeting. He commented that the team 
examined the Crissy Field trash and recycling cans. Mr. Nuru explained that after 
further analysis the proposed receptacle design from Forms + Surfaces and DPW 
meets the needs of the City more than the Crissy Field design. Mr. Nuru commented 
that the Crissy Field design was more elegant and simple. However, he commented 
that the two can system and use of trash bags would be prohibitive in terms of cost 
and maintenance. 

Mr. Nuru explained that the the proposed receptacle design from Forms + Surfaces 
and DPW directly responds to requirements as laid out by the city and community. 
The can should be graffiti/vandal resistant, compatible with existing trash pick up 
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Furthermore, he stated that 75% of the existing cans will receive the new tops and 
then 25% of existing cans will be replaced with the new receptacle. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Gatti asked if all the cans will have the same color regardless of the 
neighborhood. 

Mr. Nuru responded that all the receptacles will have the same finish. However, 
depending on the neighborhood a unique plaque will be incorporated into the side of 
the can. 

Commissioner Gatti stated that he liked the prototype design. Mr. Gatti asked how the 
color was determined. He commented that he preferred either a dark green or dark 
blue. 

Commissioner Cochran stated that the round shape of the Crissy Field can is more 
elegant. She asked of the issues of compatibility with the toter could be resolved. Ms. 
Cochran commented that she liked the stainless steel finish. 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith commented that a high grade of stainless steel needed 
to be used in order to prevent corrosion due to scratches and dings. Mr. Freebairn- 
Smith asked if issues of public safety in relation to potential terrorist attacks had been 
considered. 

Mr. Nuru responded that there had been no discussions regarding terrorist attacks. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the need for compatibility with the toter 
system and for compatibility with existing trash receptacles should be the deciding 
factors in the design. Mr. Meyer agreed with Commissioner Gatti regarding the color 
selection. 

Commissioner Stauffacher Solomon commented that she did not agree with the 
design of the receptacle. Ms. Stauffacher-Solomon agreed with Commissioner Meyer 
and Gatti regarding the color. 

Motion to approve San Francisco Trash Receptacles design Phase 1,2,3 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 

Vote: 

YES: Stanlee Gatti ,William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith 
NO: Andrea Cochran , Barbara Stauffacher Solomon 

Motion to approve San Francisco Trash Receptacles color, green to match 
Decaux Kiosks 
Motion: Stanlee Gatti 
Vote: 

YES; Stanlee Gatti , Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher-Solomon 
NO: Andrea Cochran William Meyer 



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Meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m. 



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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 
252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office. 25 Van Ness Ave. 
Ste 240. during regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO 
APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, 
RECOMMENDATION TO DISAPPROVE. RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 
WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS: PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

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, Agenda 

I. LINCOLN PUMP STATION 
PHASE 1 

Michael Picrron, Architect, PUC 
Howard Fung, Project Manager, PUC 

II SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL ASPHALT PLANT UPGRADE 
PHASE 1,2.3 

Howard Wong, Senior Architect. DPW BOA 
Ernie Ramilo. Project Architect, DPW BOA 
Jim Buker. Project Manager. DPW BOA 

III BAYVIEW CONNECTIONS PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS 
PHASE 1 

Koa Pickering. Lead Designer. DPW BOE Landscape Architecture Division 

IV. 911/OES EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENTER STAGE 3 
PHASE 2 (Phase I approved 03/20/00. Phase 2 Reviewed 1 1/20/00) 
Paul D Travis. Project Manager, DPW BOA 

V EUREKA VALLEY RECREATION CENTER EXPANSION 
PHASE 1 & 2 

Jorge Alfaro. SeniOT Architect. DPW BOA 
Nelson Sreto. Project architect. DPW BOA 
Brian Garter, Landscape Architect, DPW 

V] KORET CHILDREN'S QUARTERS RENOVATION PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Judi Mosqueda. Project Manager. DPW 
Susan Golisman. MIG 

VII. SIGMUND STERN GROVE & PINE LAKE PARK IMPROVEMENT PLAN 

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J udi Mosqueda, Project Manager, DPW 
Lawrence Halprin, Landscape Architect 
Rick Thall, Landscape Architect, DPW 

VIII. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION-CONFERENCE ROOM CHAIRS 

Arts Commission Staff 

IX. Adjournment 



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Monday, November 18, 2002 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Ave Suite, Suite 70 

San Francisco 94102 



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NOTICE: For information related to any of the following matters, please call Nancy Gonchar, 
Civic Design Coordinator at (415) 252-2584. Explanatory documents are available for public 
inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Ave, Ste 240, during 
regular business hours. 

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION WHICH MAY INCLUDE: 
MOTIONS OF RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE PHASE(S) UNDER REVIEW OR A COMBINATION OF 
PHASE(S), RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE WITH CONTINGENCIES, RECOMMENDATION TO 
DISAPPROVE, RECOMMENDATION TO DEFER APPROVAL. (PHASE 1 DESIGN CONCEPT; PHASE II 
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT WITH COLORS AND MATERIALS; PHASE III FINAL APPROVAL). 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the 
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Agenda 



1. LA GRANDE TANK REPLACEMENT 
PHASE 1 

Howard Fung, DPW BOA, Project Manager 

Stanley So, DPW BOA, Project Architect 

Martha Ketterer, DPW BOE Landscape Division, Landscape Architect 

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Monday, November 18, 2002 

MEETING LOCATION 

3:00 p.m. 

Suite 70, Conference Room 

25 Van Ness Ave. 

San Francisco 94102 



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^Minutes 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1. Role Call: 

Commissioners present: William Meyer, Rod Freebairn-Smith, Barbara Stauffacher- 
Solomon, Andrea Cochran 

Commissioners absent: Stanlee Gatti, Andrea Cochran 

Staff present: Nancy Gonchar, Rommel Taylor 

2. LA GRANDE PARK TANK REPLACEMENT PROJECT 
PHASE 1 

Stanley So, architect, DPW BOA explained that the proposed project was to replace 
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and 80' tall and will meet current CalOSHA requirements. It will be set back further 
on the hill to minimize the visual impact. The new tank will incorporate 
communistion attenaes used by MUNI and the PUC. Mr. So explained that the old 
tank will be demolished following the completion of the new tank. Mr. So introduced 
John Dennis to present the landscape design. 

John Dennis, landscape architect, DPW BOE Landscape Division explained that the 
landscape design strategy was to improve the path of approach to the tank, provide a 
safer entry/exit for utility workers, increase security with a new chain link fence and 
to plant native speices to complement the existing McClaren Park landscape. Mr. 
Dennis explained that the community voiced concern about the aesthetics of the cahin 
link fence. He explained that the fence was to intended to provide a secure perimeter 
around the tank to minimize vandalism and any other tampering. The fence was also 
intended to help define a public viewing are at the top of the hill. 

Commissioner Meyer opened the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Meyer closed the floor to public comment. 

Commissioner Stauffacher-Solomon commented that the design was satisfactory 

Commissioner Freebairn-Smith aske if there had been any significant community 
input regarding the possibility of reuseing the tank versus replacement, the use of 
green material and the possible reuse of the existing tank material in the case of its 
demolishion. 

Mr. So responded that The Friends of Mc Claren Park had been involded in the 
process and the most significant comment was regarding the look of the chain link 
fence. He explained that his team was exploring other options. Mr. So commented 
that lead containing paint was used on the existing tank and that prohibited the reuse 
of any of the materials. He also stated that the primary reason for replacing the tank 
was to mitgate the risk of failure during a seismic event. 

Commissioner Meyer commented that the color selected was an issue for him. He 
stated that he would like to see color studies for the tank and the accessory structures 
like the stairs and fence. 

Motion: Freebairn-Smith 
Vote: Unanimous 

3. Adjournment 

Meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m. 



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